Former governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t mince words when it comes to Americans who reject the COVID-19 vaccine.
The 74-year-old actor and former California governor delivered a heated message during an interview with CNN on Wednesday, urging people to get vaccinated and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t mince words, calling people who refuse to get vaccinated or wear masks ‘idiots’
The Terminator star added, “We can’t just say, ‘I have the right to do X, Y and Z.’ When it infects other people, that’s when it gets serious.”
Schwarzenegger has been vocal about the importance of precautions against COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, when he postponed his Arnold Sports Festival in early March 2020 over concerns about the coronavirus.
Despite his own efforts, as well as national campaigns and guidance from the White House and CDC, Schwarzenegger said many people still “live in denial” and refuse to wear masks or social distance.
“I just think people should be reminded over and over again that the experts say they have to wear masks, and especially when you go indoors,” he told CNN.
The actor compared following COVID-19 precautions to stopping at a traffic light, explaining, “You can’t say, ‘Nobody’s going to tell me I’m going to stop here, I have to stop at this traffic light here.'” . I’m going to go through that.’ Yeah, then you kill somebody else.”
Schwarzenegger then called out Americans who claim their freedom is violated by policies such as the mask mandates.
“We have to come together, instead of fighting and always just saying, ‘According to my principles, this is a free country and I’m going to have the freedom not to wear a mask.’ Yes, you have the freedom not to wear a mask, but you know something? You’re an idiot for not wearing a mask because you’re supposed to protect your peers around you,” he said. “It’s that simple.”
His appearance on CNN is Schwarzenegger’s latest effort to unite Americans in the fight against COVID-19.