Former mega movie star turned governor, turned failed movie star and into failed TV star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has exchanged public barbs with President Donald Trump.
Schwarzenegger took over Trump’s old “you’re fired” role on The Apprentice and the ratings tanked, which resulted in forcing him to quit.
His frail ego has been lashing out at Trump for a while, so it’s no surprise Schwarzenegger has been endorsing and encouraging a governor to challenge Trump in the GOP primaries in 2020.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
“Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that Ohio Gov. John Kasich should campaign for the White House in 2020, essentially calling for a primary challenge to his fellow Republican, President Trump.
‘He should run in 2020, yes,’ Schwarzenegger said in an interview with The Times when asked whether Kasich, whom he supported over Trump in the 2016 presidential race, should launch another presidential campaign.
‘Kasich is an extraordinary guy. He’s a man of substance. He’s worked in Washington, he’s worked in local government, he’s worked in statewide government.
He has the experience. He can see things. He has vision,’ Schwarzenegger enthused.
‘He’s also a moderate. He’s a tough Republican and very fiscally conservative, but he also at the same time loves helping people.’
Speculation is swirling around Kasich, who is traveling this month on a book tour in New Hampshire, which holds the first presidential primary in the nation.
When asked whether he planned to run for president again, Kasich has said he is not planning on it, but also refused to rule it out.
Kasich and Schwarzenegger have a long friendship, in part forged when the former California governor held his Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition in Ohio.
In 2016, after Kasich dropped out of the GOP nominating contest, Schwarzenegger still voted for him a month later in the California primary and acknowledged doing so, a pointed snub of Trump, then the presumptive Republican nominee.”
Apparently, Schwarzenegger claimed he and Donald Trump had a great relationship over the years.
But he said conflict arose when he refused to vote for or endorse Trump for the Republican nomination for President.
Really? So it’s okay for a former movie star that wasn’t born in the United States who has no political experience to run California, but a worldwide business mogul running for president is out of the question?
Sounds like jealousy.
“Schwarzenegger backed Kasich in 2016, to little effect. In the Republican primary, the Ohio governor only carried his home state.
Arguably, Kasich made Trump’s primary win easier by staying in the race so long that it became impossible for any Trump challenger — specifically, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — to round up the necessary delegates and campaign cash.
During the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Kasich refused to show up, angering his own state’s delegation. Despite Kasich’s opposition, Trump carried the crucial Buckeye State by nearly 9 percentage points, taking all 18 Electoral College votes en route to victory.”
Clearly, Kasich wouldn’t win in the primaries in 2020 against Donald Trump if he can’t even win in his own state. This just screams sour grapes.