Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to have made his final transformation from tough-guy Republican to apologetic leftist after saying he is sorry for using his signature phrase “girlie men.”
Schwarzenegger made a name for himself first as a champion bodybuilder and then as a Hollywood action star. He then parlayed that fame — and tough-guy character — into a stint as governor of California.
As Breitbart News explains:
Schwarzenegger once made a name for himself with his he-man political style, making fun of his opponents as weaklings who could not lead.
At least as early as 2004 Schwarzenegger called California Democrats “girlie men” and noted that in the next election the GOP would “terminate” them. His phrase even became the stuff of Saturday Night Live parody in the characters of faux bodybuilders Hans and Franz.
But as far as many staunch Republicans are concerned, Schwarzenegger quickly began devolving from a tough guy to a marshmallow in office. Step by step the famed “Governator” began drifting leftward while serving as the state’s Governor.
Many conservatives got to be about fed up with his inability to back Republican ideals.
But, Schwarzenegger’s leftward tilt has only gotten worse since leaving office. Indeed, now days he seems little different than any other left-wing environmental activist.
And now, in a new interview with Men’s Health magazine, Schwarzenegger is even denouncing his own words.
…Schwarzenegger is abjectly apologetic over his “girlie men” taunt.
“At the time it felt like the right thing to do. It was in my gut. I improvised it. I called them girlie men because they weren’t willing to take risks,” the actor told the magazine.
“They were afraid of everything,” he explained. “Politicians, in general, want to do little things, so there’s no risk involved.”
But, today there are regrets. Schwarzenegger now says his rhetoric was counterproductive. “It was shortsighted. In the long term, it’s better to not say that, because you want to work with them.”
“If you have a little sense of history, you know that the best things are accomplished when both parties work together and start compromising like Ronald Reagan did with Tip O’Neill,” Schwarzenegger told the magazine. “They argued in public and attacked each other, but with a little wink. That’s why so much got done in the Reagan administration. When you can reach out across the aisle and work together, you can get much more accomplished, rather than ‘girlie men’ or ‘fuck you’ or ‘it’s my way or the highway.’”
Wow. He’s actually denouncing himself!
Yep, looks like the old tough guy Ahnold is no more.
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