Arnold Schwarzenegger called out President Donald Trump as well as “Neo-Nazis, the White Nationalists and the neo-Confederates” in a new video for ATTN. The actor––and former California governor––delivered a scathing rebuke to the president for his tepid response to the violence which erupted over the weekend at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president spread the blame for the violence, and his comments have earned criticism from GOP leaders who’ve spoken out against white supremacy and decried any “moral equivalency” between supremacists and their opponents.
“There are not two sides to bigotry, there are not two sides to hatred,” Schwarzenegger said. “The only way to beat the loud, angry voices of hate is to meet them with louder, more reasonable voices.”
Schwarzenegger also suggested what the president should have said, “I reject the support of white supremacists. The country that defeated Hitler’s armies is no place for Nazi flags.”
He then turned his attention to the hate groups.
“I have a message to the Neo-Nazis, the White Nationalists and the neo-Confederates. Let me be just as blunt as possible: Your heroes are losers. You’re supporting a lost cause.”
Believe me, I know the original Nazis. I was born in Austria in 1947, shortly after the Second World War, and growing up I was surrounded by broken men. Men who came home from the war filled with shrapnel and guilt, men who were misled into a losing ideology. And I can tell you that these ghosts that you idolize spent the rest of their lives living in shame. And right now, they’re resting in hell.
The actor then called upon those who have been silent to stand up against hatred, encouraging them to face racism directly. Schwarzenegger has donated $100,000 to The Simon Wiesenthal Center in the wake of the violence.
“I hope you will join me by supporting your favorite anti-hate organization,” he said. “Let’s all commit right now to leaving the terrible ghosts of the past in the trash heap of history. That’s where they belong….Let’s terminate hate.”