The bizarre feud between Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger resumed on Monday, when the former California Govenor told Men's Journal in an interview published Monday that he wanted to "smash [Trump's] face." Arnold's outburst was the latest retaliation by the former Terminator star after Trump mocked his ratings as the new host of "The Celebrity Apprentice," which have been well below those of the president when he hosted the NBC reality show.
“I said, ‘Let’s sit on it for an hour,’ ” Schwarzenegger says, blowing on his gruel. But then he had an idea. “I called my assistant and said, ‘I think what we really should do is request a meeting and go back to New York.’ ” He pauses for maximum impact. “And then we just smash his face into the table.”
While not quite as dramatic as Madonna's recent threat to blow up the White House, the frequency with which celebrities are speculating with the option of bodily harm on the president - no matter the bad blood between them - is disturbing, to put it mildy, and once again one wonders what the social response would have been if a famous actor said several years ago they wanted to bash Obama's teeth in, as an example.
Schwarzenegger said that he ultimately tried to take the high road. “And then I think, ‘We can’t do that, either,’” he said. "I think I have to be above all that and put him on the spot. Don’t get into a stinking contest with a skunk.”
“Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ or (destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT,” Trump tweeted Jan. 6.
“So much for … being a movie star – and that was season 1 compared to season 14,” added Trump, who hosted the reality television series before becoming president. "Now compare him to my season 1. "But who cares, he supported [2016 GOP presidential candidate John] Kasich and [2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary] Clinton.”
Schwarzenegger shot back at Trump later that day, writing on Twitter that he hoped the president would “work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for ratings."
Sentiment between the two soured further last week when during the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump said the "wants to pray for Arnold's Apprentice ratings", in response to which Schwarzenegger posted a Twitter video in which he suggested that the president could switch with him and come back to his reality show. The upside: "people can finally sleep comfortably again."
"Hey Donald I have a great idea. Why don’t we switch jobs? You take over TV, because you’re such an expert in ratings, and I take over your job. And then people can finally sleep comfortable again. Hmm?"
The National Prayer Breakfast? pic.twitter.com/KYUqEZbJIE— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 2, 2017
Trump and Schwarzenegger have traded numerous other verbal jabs, with the latter deriding several of the president’s policies. Schwarzenegger blasted Trump’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, arguing it “makes us look stupid” and calling the order “hasty” and “crazy.”
The actor said in Monday’s interview that he's being more dignified about the disagreement than Trump is. “I sound more presidential and more diplomatic and more elder-statesmen,” Schwarzenegger said. "That’s exactly the way Donald should be."
We expect this particular feud to continue for a long time to come.