On the heels of public insults from President Donald Trump over his performance on the president’s former The Apprentice television show, there’s talk that former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering a 2018 Senate bid.
The action movie star and politician recently announced that he wouldn’t be returning to host The Apprentice, citing political toxicity damaging the show’s ratings.
Trump, meanwhile, has taken time away from his busy job leading the free world to dispute the claims via Twitter.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving The Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show,” the president said last week.
It wasn’t the first time Trump lashed out at the actor.
Should Trump really care about what’s going on with The Apprentice while he’s contemplating how he will “make America great again” with his limited time in the White House? Probably not.
In any case, Schwarzenegger has responded to the presidential insults, saying in one interview that he’d like to smash Trump’s “face into the table.” He’s also chided Trump for being un-presidential and suggested that the two should switch jobs.
Schwarzenegger, of course, can’t be president because he wasn’t born in the U.S. But if he does indeed run in 2018, he would have a strong position from which to criticize the current president.
According to a recent report in POLITICO, the former Republican governor may be considering a run as an independent against elderly incumbent Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who will be 85 at the time of the election.
“Right now Governor Schwarzenegger’s focus is on using his platform to bring some sensibility and coherency to Washington by fighting for redistricting reform, like we did in California,” spokesman Daniel Ketchell told the news outlet. “We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that.”