Arnold Schwarzenegger Just Called Donald Trump Out on His Plan to Expand Offshore Drilling and We're Cheering

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At the beginning of the year, the Trump administration announced an expansion of offshore drilling encompassing nearly all of the United States coastline. The move came after the administration proposed rolling back offshore drilling safety regulations.

Within days, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced an exemption for Florida because of its "unique" economic dependence on its shores. States also dependent on coastal industries shared their outrage and noted that President Trump's lucrative Mar-a-Lago resort profits from that Florida coastline.


Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger criticized President Trump’s move to increase offshore oil drilling and proposed Trump drill in the waters off Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach resort, instead of California.

Schwarzenegger never mentions Trump by name, but everyone knows his intended target. This marks another in a long line of criticism leveled by the Republican former governor against the president.

Both men, considered celebrities-turned-politicians, repeatedly clash.

In April, Schwarzenegger criticized Trump's proposed cuts to children's services, specifically after school programs. The former governor accused the president of balancing the budget on the backs children.

"Kids are the most vulnerable citizens. Kids are our future," he said at the time.

In August, Arnold took Donald to task in a video criticizing Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his lack of condemnation of “Neo-Nazis, the White Nationalists and the neo-Confederates”.

Schwarzenegger also blasted Trump's leadership skills, his proposal to cut funding for  Meals on Wheels and his low approval ratings, among other things.

Trump, displeased by Schwarzenegger’s vote for Ohio Governor John Kasich in the primaries even after Kasich dropped out, criticizes Schwarzenegger mainly for his low ratings on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Schwarzenegger replaced Trump as the show host after NBC fired Trump for racist remarks.

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Across the country, states have instituted stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus that's upended daily life in the United States.

Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.

There's just one problem: Wisconsin's elections are scheduled for April 7. In addition to the Presidential primaries, Wisconsinites will vote for judicial positions, school board seats, and thousands of other offices.

The Democratic and Republican National Committees took the case to the Supreme Court, with Democrats arguing that the deadline for mailing absentee ballots should be extended by a week, to April 13, in order to facilitate voting from home.

With a Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat up for grabs on Tuesday, Republicans predictably made the case for why as few people as possible should be permitted to vote. It was a continuation of Wisconsin GOP efforts to suppress the vote, which included rejecting a demand from Governor Evers to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every resident.

The Republican majority in United States Supreme Court sided with the RNC and the election in Wisconsin will carry on as scheduled. This is despite Wisconsin being unprepared for the surge in absentee ballot requests, which leapt from a typical 250,000 to over 1.2 million in reaction to the virus. Thousands of these voters won't even receive these ballots until after the election, thereby preventing them from exercising their right to vote.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:

"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."

She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:

"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."

A majority of the Supreme Court may not have agreed with Ginsburg, but the court of public opinion was fully on her side.





The Republican efforts indicated to some that the party cares more about maintaining control than preserving lives.




Large crowds are already gathering in Wisconsin to vote.

In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.

For more information about the tried and true tactic of GOP voter suppression, check out Uncounted, available here.

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