SCHWARZENEGGER, THE HYBRID STATESMAN
Former California governor and action film star Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to position himself as a kind of hybrid statesman, championing a variety of political issues while promoting his latest film “Aftermath,” which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday. And while he has had a few recent squabbles with President Trump, Mr. Schwarzenegger has issued a two-minute protest video against the U.S. Congress, which includes pivotal dialogue from “Conan the Barbarian” and his other signature films to make the point.
“We’ve had years with Democrats in charge. We’ve had years with Republicans in charge. One thing has always remained the same: complete and total inaction on the issues routinely rank as their top priorities,” the actor says, giving the lawmakers a resounding grade of “F” — which sounds like it came from Mr. Trump’s playbook.
Mr. Schwarzenegger is also very active in his namesake Schwarzenegger Institute, a public policy organization at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Which is where he will be Tuesday. The “Terminator” actor has organized an “Afterschool Summit” to highlight the nation’s many afterschool programs and the role they play in “preparing students to enter the 21st century workforce and compete in the global workplace.” Mr. Schwarzenegger is particularly vexed at Mr. Trump’s proposed funding cuts to afterschool programs, which he says could affect 1.6 million children.
“Once again, politicians in Washington are trying to balance the budget on the backs of the hardworking families that depend on these programs,” said Mr. Schwarzenegger.
The daylong summit has an extensive guest list that includes Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt, “American Ninja Warrior” host Matt Iseman, “Extra” host Mario Lopez, U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Jody Breckenridge, CNN host Van Jones, American Enterprise Institute fellow Gerard Robinson, Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant and mayors or school superintendents from five states. Mr. Schwarzenegger, incidentally, founded the AfterSchool All-Stars program in 1992 for at-risk children.
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