(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) In an interview with CNN host Chris Wallace, Hollywood icon and former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, boldly expressed his ambition to excel as the President of the United States, if not for the constitutional requirement of being a natural-born citizen.
When Wallace asked Schwarzenegger if he would have run for president had the natural-born citizen requirement not existed, the Terminator star emphatically replied, “Well, yes, of course.” He went on to assert, “I mean, I think the field was wide open in 2016 and I think the field is open right now.”
Schwarzenegger argued that the country is desperately in need of a unifying leader, someone capable of bridging the deep political divide and rekindling national inspiration. With an air of urgency, he posed the question, “I mean, think about it right now. I mean, who is there that is truly capable of bringing everyone together?”
Unfazed by the potential backlash, Schwarzenegger declared his farfetched wish to run for president in 2024, asserting, “Absolutely. Because it’s a no-brainer. I see so clearly how I could win the election.”
Leveraging his experience as California’s governor, Schwarzenegger claimed, “There are countless things that need to be accomplished and can be accomplished. And the beauty of it is that they are achievable. It’s all within our reach. All it requires is for people to come together and declare, ‘Yes, we can do it.'”
Wallace challenged Schwarzenegger’s comparison of the January 6th insurrection to the infamous Kristallnacht, questioning the validity of such a parallel. Unyielding, Schwarzenegger stood his ground, stating resolutely, “Yeah, absolutely. I think that it’s, of course, a different time and all that. But it is kind of like a threat to democracy and a threat of what happens to people when they’re lied to.”
Continuing to draw historical connections, Schwarzenegger drew a personal parallel, evoking memories of his father’s affiliation with the Nazi Party. He compared his father’s disturbing support for the Nazi Party to those of Trump supporters. Unapologetically, he stated, “[T]his is why I compared it to that because in Kristallnacht and I know with my father who was part of the Nazi Party. They were lied to, they were misled. And I think a lot of people in America today are being misled.”
Wallace challenged Schwarzenegger’s prediction that Trump would be irrelevant post-2020, highlighting the former governor’s miscalculation of Trump’s continued prominence in the Republican Party.
A stunned Schwarzenegger responded, “We don’t know the future. I just predicted that. But we will see. Remember, the future still goes on.”