Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger told CNN’s Michael Smerconish today that he’s happy President Donald Trump made a trip to California. Or specifically, that Trump’s only made one trip to California.
“I’m so happy that he’s only made one trip,” Schwarzenegger said. “Look, I mean the very fact that he doesn’t want us to write-off our state tax is a direct attack on Californians. So I don’t think that he’s been good for California. I don’t think he cares about California and I think California doesn’t care about him.”
Schwarzenegger’s Trump comments came during a discussion of the state of the Republican Party, which Schwarzenegger has said is “dying at the box office.”
“Well, you know I told the Republican party at the Republican convention, it was like 10 years ago that they were dying at the box office. The reason why I said it was because their policies were such that they were not really including everybody. So that they have everybody interested like for instance women. A million women left within a few years because we did not address as a party heath care issues.
“We didn’t address education issues. We didn’t address environmental issues. Those were three issues that were very important to women and we were losing them because we were not addressing those issues. So I was telling them, I said, ‘Look, the way you’re going by being so anti-health care reform and being so anti-environment and stuff like this, we are losing and we’re dying at the box office.”
And, no, he continued, the situation hasn’t improved.
“Since then the party has decreased and now has only a 26 percent popularity overall and so it is dying and I see it like the Titanic. The only thing is that we don’t have to go under completely. We don’t have to wait for that moment. Let’s change and let’s go and be more open and go back to this kind of like big tent idea of Ronald Reagan.”
Take a look at the interview above and share your thoughts in the comments.
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