Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday expressed dismay at the turnout at the Los Angeles National Cemetery where veterans and certain eligible family members are buried.
The 73-year-old former California governor was “upset” to see that on Veterans Day “only 20 people were walking around” the cemetery, he said on Twitter.
He set the cemetery sharply against Donald Trump’s campaign rallies, telling viewers that “veterans have made Americans great. No one else!’
Unhappy: Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday expressed dismay at the turnout at Los Angeles National Cemetery where veterans and certain eligible family members are buried
Prior to this video, Arnold had tweeted a selfie clip in the military graveyard where he said, ‘Thank you to all those brave men and women on the front lines who make this the best country in the world and the freest country in the world’.
In the second video, he said, “You know, I just got back from the Los Angeles National Cemetery, and – where I was running the first errand – and when I got home I said to myself, ‘It doesn’t make any sense. . ”
He was’ a little upset ‘if’ in this cemetery where nearly 100,000 people were buried, veterans, there are only 20 people walking around. Think about it. I mean, 20 people for nearly 100,000 veterans buried there. ‘
Arnie continued, “But then the people go, about 20,000 go to a political rally where someone promises to make America great, but the fact is, it’s those veterans who made America great. No one else!’
“Patriotism”: The 73-year-old former California governor was “upset” to see that on Veterans Day “only 20 people were walking around” the cemetery, he said on Twitter.
He concluded, “So I hope next year when I go back to that cemetery, I will see 20,000 people who are so patriotic. I hope to see you there. I think it’s a discussion we should have, the definition of patriotism. Let’s talk about it. ‘
Thousands of people usually go to Los Angeles National Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day event in May, which differs from Veterans Day in that it specifically honors the fallen soldiers.
However, this year’s event, the 131st, was held virtually without the public being able to attend due to the coronavirus pandemic, ABC7 reported.
Trump did not appear at rallies in Los Angeles this year, whose residents took to the streets over the weekend to celebrate Joe Biden’s victory.
‘Nobody Else!’: He sharply contrasted the cemetery with Donald Trump’s packed campaign rallies, telling viewers that ‘veterans have made Americans great.
Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Director of Health, warned partygoers to “take seriously the fact that you may have been infected with COVID-19.”
According to Deadline She said, ‘Please quarantine for 14 days and stay away from anyone at serious risk. I also encourage you to get tested for COVID-19. ‘
When he mentioned “20,000 or so,” Arnie may have been specifically referring to reports of a Trump rally held in Gastonia, North Carolina in late October.
About 20,000 people attended the event, according to the Secret Service WCNC noted COVID-19 cases and the number of hospital admissions in the state increased.
His point: Arnie condemned the fact that ‘then the people, 20,000 or so go to a political rally where someone promises them to make America great’
Trump and Arnie feuded for years, including when the latter took over as host of Celebrity Apprentice after his predecessor was elected president of the US.
Arnold retired after a season, saying viewers and sponsors were wary of the show because of its associations with the polarizing head of state.
Trump mocked Arnold for his season’s low ratings – and when the president’s own approval ratings dropped, the Expendables star slapped back on Twitter, “ Oh, Donald, the ratings are in and you were inundated. ”
As Republican governor of California, Arnie opposed the “ridiculous” idea of a wall along the Mexican border and compared it to “the stone ages” and the Berlin wall.
Throwback: When he mentioned “ 20,000 or so, ” Arnie may have been referring to reports of a Trump rally in Gastonia, NC, where the Secret Service said about 20,000 people attended
He was born and raised in Austria when it was on the edge of the Iron Curtain, bordering communist Hungary, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia.
Arnold was married to John F. Kennedy’s niece Maria Shriver, who left him after it was revealed that he had fathered a son with their housekeeper Mildred Baena.
Meanwhile, the president is currently on his third wife Melania, who infamously left his first wife Ivana for his second wife Marla Maples from whom he also divorced.
In operation since 1889, Los Angeles National Cemetery is home to veterans of conflicts dating back to the Mexican-American War of the 1840s.