SCH­WARZENEG­GER, THE HY­BRID STATES­MAN

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

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.

Rush Lim­baugh ad­vised his 10 mil­lion lis­ten­ers that the Democrats and me­dia are "con­sumed by Trump ha­tred."

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