Schwarzenegger: Trump call to Georgia official ‘un-American’
Arnold Schwarzenegger is blasting President Trump for his call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, dubbing the commander in chief’s pressure campaign to “recalculate” the election results there “un-American bullshit.”
In an op-ed published Tuesday in The Economist, California’s former Republican governor called Raffensperger a “true hero.”
In an audio recording of the president’s weekend call released Sunday by The Washington Post, Trump is heard asking Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” for him in Georgia in order for him to surpass President-elect Joe Biden in the state.
Schwarzenegger urged members poised to oppose the Electoral College vote in Congress on Wednesday to reconsider.
“I once did a Terminator film called ‘Judgment Day,’ ” Schwarzenegger said of his 1991 flick. “That’s just Hollywood. But January 6th is Judgment Day for a lot of politicians. Will they choose to side with the voters, or will they choose to side with their party and their selfish president?”
“For those in my party considering standing up against the voters on January 6th, know this: our grandchildren will know your names only as the villains who fought against the great American experiment and the will of the voters. You will live in infamy,” wrote Schwarzenegger, who served as governor from 2003 to 2011.
Those lawmakers, Schwarzenegger said, would be choosing “party over country, conspiracy over democracy, and one man over 81 [million] voters.”
“President Donald Trump’s actions to destroy faith in our elections and throw centuries of American principles out the window must be met with universal condemnation from all political leaders, regardless of party,” he said.
“There is no question about who won the presidential election,” Schwarzenegger, 73, wrote, “and continuing this charade is stupid, crazy and evil.”