— ATTN: (@attn) August 17, 2017
Former California governor and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger made a video Thursday night in which he addressed those involved in the aftermath of the Charlottesville’s violence: President Donald Trump, the neo-Nazis, and those who are silent.
ATTN released the Schwarzenegger video, in which he delivers a touching, empowering and still quite humorous statement that we wish we would’ve seen from the president.
“There are no two sides to bigotry. There are no two sides to hatred. And if you choose to march with a flag that symbolizes the slaughter of millions of people. There are no two sides to that. The only way to beat the loud, angry voices of hate is to beat them with louder, more reasonable voices.”
Schwarzenegger was also disappointed in the president’s response to Charlottesville, saying there was “blame on both sides.” He thought he’d help the president with what he should have said: reject white supremacy, neo-Nazis, and neo-Confederates. He even has a Trump bobble head that he asks, “Was that so difficult?”
Schwarzenegger also address those who started the protest.
“Your heros are losers. You are supporting a lost cause…And I can tell you: these ghosts that you idolize spent the rest of their lives living in shame. And right now, they’re resting in hell. I know that you weren’t born with these hateful views. No one is. But the truth is it’s never to late to make the choices to learn and to evolve and to understand that all human beings have equal value.”
Beyond addressing the alt-right, Schwarzenegger went further to those who said they were at the rally but aren’t white supremacist. He told them to either go home or tell those who do believe those things that they are wrong. This transitioned into anyone who was silent about the violence.
“I’ve learned a long time ago that the only way we can really eliminate hatred, is to face it head on. It is not always comfortable, of course, but stereotypes about racism, religion, gender, or anything else, they’re like cancer. If you had a tumor, you wouldn’t quietly hope that it slowly disappears, you would zap the s–t out of it… Let’s all commit right now, to leaving the terrible ghosts of the pasts in the trash heap of history. That’s where they belong. Let’s terminate hate.”
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