Arnold Schwarzenegger: California Better with Newsom Instead of ‘Wacky’ Elder
'I think voters made the right decision'
Hollywood actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said his state “made the right decision” to keep Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom.
The Terminator star later described Larry Elder as a “wacky” candidate.
Schwarzenegger told The Los Angeles Times:
“I think voters made the right decision."
“It’s better to stay with someone who you know what they’re going to do, rather than someone who comes in wacky and is changing everything around.”
Newsom managed to keep his job in a landslide, with 63.8 percent voting “No.”
Schwarzenegger said Republicans would have faired better by running on issues like the environment.
“The voters want to protect the environment,” he said.
“We have the strictest environmental laws in California, and we have proven to the world that you can have strictest environmental laws and at same time be the most successful economy.”
But despite Schwarzenegger’s claims, the environment was not the top concern for Californians.
Voters put their number one issue as COVID and number two the homeless crisis.
According to an exit poll from Edison Research conducted for CNN, the "pandemic remains at the top of voters’ minds, with about one-third saying it’s the biggest issue for the state."
Schwarzenegger also praised Newsom for making significant adjustments in order to stay ahead of his opponent.
“I think he woke up and made adjustments, talking issues, and all that stuff. And he was very fortunate he had Elder as the leading candidate on the other side,” he said.
But Schwarzenegger seemed to understand why the recall election took place.
“People were clearly dissatisfied with the governor, with Sacramento,” he said.
“You cannot put everything just on Newsom; people felt we have not really moved forward as a state in a way that was promised, so they were angry.
"There’s no difference than there was under Gray Davis.”
Last month, Schwarzenegger was dropped by a bodybuilding sponsor following his "anti-American" rant about "screwing your freedoms."
"These are unprecedented times, and we’re aligned with public safety for all," the spokesperson added.
"We elected to discontinue support due to Arnold’s comment, ‘Screw Your Freedoms.’"