“I said, ‘What we really should do is request a meeting. And then smash his face into the table.'” — Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California on Donald Trump.
The election of Donald J. Trump — to quote an old Pink Floyd record jacket — “goes beyond the ken of human imagining”. From a purely psychological perspective, Trump personifies the scared child who becomes a bully even at the age of 70. What else would explain the childish obsession with Twitter feeds at 2 a.m.? How about the appointment of Breitbart head Steve Bannon (who denies being a white supremacist) as Chief Strategist? Bannon stated he is a “nationalist”. If low I.Q. were the issue of consideration, there is always Kellyanne Conway, the political operative more reminiscent of someone who tries driving an automobile at night with sunglasses on.
When Trump began started running for office amid endless gaffes: ejecting a journalist from Univision from a press conference, mocking a reporter with a disability, insulting debate host Megyn Kelly’s menstrual cycle, refusing to apologize to Jeb Bush’s wife for off-color remarks, feigning to not know who David Duke, head of the Ku Klux Klan (and a Trump supporter) is, refusing to release his Tax Returns, and of course the now infamous Billy Bush recorded comments on a press bus wreaking of misogyny — Schwarzenegger (never a supporter of Trump) did something interesting. He volunteered to take Trump’s place hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice”. “I said to myself, Obviously he can’t do both'”, said Schwarzenegger. Producer Mark Burnett was up for a go at it.
Last month, Trump acting like a wounded child, took a swipe at Schwarzenegger’s ratings as host of his former television show at the National Prayer Breakfast: “I want to just pray for Arnold if we can — for those ratings”, he said. A few hours later, Schwarzenegger, sounding more presidential than Trump replied in a video: “Hey Donald, I have a great idea. Why don’t we switch jobs? You take over TV because you’re such an expert in ratings, and I take over your job and people can finally sleep comfortably again.” God, if that were only possible!
Photo: Author’s copy of Men’s Journal