Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals the Origin of His Running Feud with Donald Trump

Former California governor and "Celebrity Apprentice" host Arnold Schwarzenegger cites his refusal to back Trump's presidential run as the source of their feud. 


"We have been friends for many, many years—for decades, as a matter of fact," he told CNN's Van Jones on Wednesday's episode of "The Messy Truth." 

In fact, when Schwarzenegger was running for governor, Trump wanted to donate to his campaign—funds the candidate couldn't accept because they came from a gaming casino. 

So why did Schwarzenegger come out so strongly against Trump?

"He wanted to bring coal back," the former governor explained. 

Schwarzenegger told Trump, "I've been fighting for [a] clean environment since the time I've come into the governorship. We have to go into a green energy future. We have seven million people die every year because of pollution."

Schwarzenegger has asserted that he doesn't care whether Trump or the GOP agree with him on climate. 

"Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out. What's your plan then?" he asked in a December 2015 Facebook post.

At the time, it was praised as a possible "Republican-proof argument." 

Schwarzenegger told Trump frankly: "I cannot endorse you, because you want to bring back coal."

By this logic, Trump will next try to revive the "horse and buggy, or Blockbuster." 

Watch:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close