“We mustn’t be enemies”. That’s powerful enough to bind every countryman together. However, with the kind of mood that everybody is in after a shocking win registered by Donald Trump, the country is definitively divided, with friends and colleagues pitted against each other. A day after the election results were announced in favor of Trump, former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger made a spirited move to unite his adopted countrymen.
The “Governator”, who served two terms on Republican Party’s ticket between 2003 and 2011, asked everyone—neighbors, friends and above all, all Americans, to unite and “make America great again”, just as Trump had said he will do in his presidential campaign.
I've been thinking a lot about this quote from President Lincoln. We are not enemies. We are all Americans. pic.twitter.com/3bUlXGyAew
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) November 10, 2016
A Republican supporter himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger has always held a contrasting opinion in American politics compared to prominent Hollywood stars. Troubles started brewing early this week, when Hollywood power magnets Arnie and Robert De Niro clashed publicly at an evening party in LA. The reason: De Niro beleives that Arnold not denounced support for Donald Trump like others in Hollywood.
“Are you voting for Trump? Are you voting for Trump?” Before Arnold could answer the battery of retorts, the “Raging Bull” had already pushed himself away from the “Barbarian”. De Niro said he wants nothing do with a person who favors and votes for “an idiot, a muck, a national disaster and an embarrassment to the country”. Earlier, De Niro had appeared on a video clip and went ahead to say that he is so angry and disappointed that he actually wants to “hit Trump on his face.”
In this muddle leading to the presidential election and the aftermath, Arnie is one actor who has stood like an oak: calm, composed and steady, retaining his neutral, country-loving stance.
What about De Niro? Well, he does not intend to hit the 45th President of the United States of America because he wants to “respect the position now.” The support for Hillary Clinton was extensive from all quarters of Beverly Hills celebrities until the last hours of the counting. Now, the timeline has flipped into an unknown territory, and even the restrained De Niro spoke to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Arnold had publicly announced that he would not be voting for the Republican Party in this election, as he does not connect with the statements made by the candidate. What then prompted De Niro to clash against the Austrian Oak?
Was it to fire sentiments at every Republican loyalist or was it just a mistimed adrenaline rush?
Whatever that was, Donald Trump is still the 45th President of the USA.
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