On Wednesday afternoon, legendary actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke about his frustrations over America’s lack of patriotism.
Schwarzenegger, 73, shared a video message to his Instagram account where he called for more support of American military veterans. The former governor filmed himself during and following his Veterans Day visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery. He said he visits the memorial every Veterans Day, but left disappointed this year at the low turnout.
“I was kind of upset. You have to understand it doesn’t make any sense that in this cemetery, where there are almost 100,000 people buried – veterans – that there are only like, 20 people walking around,” Schwarzenegger said on Instagram. “Think about that. I mean, 20 people for almost 100,000 veterans that are buried there. But then 20,000 or so will go to a political rally where someone promises to make America great.”
Schwarzenegger may not have named the politician whose rally he spoke of. However, his criticism seemed clearly directed at President Trump and his “Make America Great Again” slogan.
The Terminator star continued by arguing that veterans are the real heroes who have made America great.
“No one else! So I hope that next year when I go back to that cemetery that I will see you 20,000 that are so patriotic. I hope I see you there,” Schwarzenegger said adamantly. “I think it’s a discussion that we should have: the definition of patriotism. Let’s talk about it.”
Schwarzenegger Calls Veterans the ‘True Action Heroes’
Earlier on Veterans Day, Schwarzenegger thanked the “brave men and women” of America’s military for making America “the freest country in the world.”
“There’s a lot of people that claim they are responsible for making it the greatest nation. Like for instance politicians, but that’s all a bunch of nonsense,” Schwarzenegger explained. “The men, the women that sacrificed their lives, they are the true action heroes so I say thank you to them.”
The actor referenced his acting career as a well-known action hero when thanking the men and women of our military. But, he made sure to point out who the true action heroes are. He went on to share a heartfelt tribute to our military, highlighting the importance of World War II veterans’ sacrifice.
“When you think back to the Second World War, which ended 75 years ago, since then we have had peace not only around the world but especially in Europe. So thank you to the veterans,” Schwarzenegger continued. “Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart from this immigrant. Everything that happened in my life, all the successes, it’s because of you.”
[H/T FOX News]