Former governator Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he could have “made a great president” if he would have been allowed to run.
California’s former Republican governor told “woke” Sirius XM host Howard Stern that would have done well in the nation’s highest office, if it weren’t against the law for him to run.
Schwarzenegger, who was born in Austria, is not eligible to become President of the United States, due to be born outside of the country, but he’s not complaining about it.
Stern said he “bet” that at one point the “Terminator” star could envision himself as commander-in-chief, but it must have been a “huge frustration” that he couldn’t because of being foreign born.
— Stern Show (@sternshow) October 6, 2023
Schwarzenegger was quick to disagree. “It really wasn’t because I felt like everything I’ve accomplished in my life… bodybuilding career, the movie career, becoming Governor, setting up my Schwarzenegger Institute, all this stuff, the millions of dollars I made and everything all are because of America,” he stated.
“So, why would I complain about the one thing I can’t do?” he questioned. “Because it’s really the only thing I can’t do over the law [that] says no.”
The “True Lies” star said that everything else he was able to accomplish in his lifetime was “because of America, because no one was in the way, no one said you can’t,” so he wasn’t going to complain about it.
“I think that I would’ve made a great president,” Schwarzenegger, 76, continued. “I think that I have the energy and the will to bring people together.”
Stern told him that he thinks that if he had the ability to run, he would’ve won. Schwarzenegger said that “of course” he thinks about it, because plenty of people come up to him and say that they “wish” he could be the president.
The “Last Action Hero” lead said that he does what he can to “try to make life better for people” through his books, including the latest, 2023’s “Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life.”
— Stern Show (@sternshow) October 5, 2023
“I like to kind of improve their environment situation, to make people come together, democrats and republicans,” he ticked off.
The Hollywood mainstay also listed “reducing pollution world-wide” and “protecting democracy,” by making sure people have the right to vote in “the South or wherever it is.”
“Those are kind of the issues that I fight for,” he continued. “To give something back to this country.”
Schwarzenegger noted that in his book, he advises readers to “tear down that mirror,” meaning, “stop looking at yourself and see the millions of people” that need a helping hand from others.
“There are so many people out there in America that need help,” he pointed out. “And so I think that we should all concentrate on helping people that need help, and not just think about ourselves.”
Recently, Stern was called out by former friend President Donald Trump, who called him a “broken weirdo,” after the radio host exclaimed that he was proud to be a “woke” anti-Trumper.
Trump demolishes Howard stern on TruthSocial. pic.twitter.com/5rZwFxOnkR
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“The real Howard Stern is a weak, pathetic, and disloyal guy, who lost his friends and MUCH of his audience,” Trump wrote on Truth Social September 23. “Until just recently, I haven’t heard his name mentioned in years.”
The following Monday, Stern said he got Trump “all charged up” when he “went on air and said that I’m woke.”
“When I said this on the air, I never, ever thought anyone would care that I’m saying this. It shocks me how the dumbest s–t that I talk about becomes somehow news. It’s weird,” Stern remarked.
“My thought was — What? Imagine you got to be the 45th president of the United States and you’re sitting and writing about Howard Stern. Whether he’s woke,” he continued on his show.
“You know, all of a sudden Trump saw me being discussed on all his conservative media things and he got charged up. And I’m disloyal? I stole the excitement for a minute or two.”