Schwarzenegger blasts Trump, calling him "meshugge" – Yiddish for "crazy" – over climate accord

Jaimie-lee Prince
Dec 04, 2018
12:42 P.M.

Arnold Schwarzenegger publicly called the President crazy for his climate accord withdrawal. He also wished he could be "The Terminator" in real life.


Schwarzenegger, 71, spoke at a COP24 in Katowice, Poland over the weekend. He addressed global warming and President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the international accord.

The former governor said that the United States is "still in" despite Trump's decision. The clip of his speech is found below.

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He said:

"Every time you talk about America, you’re right when you say that our leadership in Washington is a little bit backward. But you’re wrong when you say that America dropped out of the Paris agreement."

Rather, Schwarzenegger asserted that the nation has strong support within state and local authorities.

He went on to call Trump a "meshugge," meaning crazy in Yiddish.


“We’re doing an extraordinary job there by staying in. Yes, we have a meshugge leader in Washington that is not in, that is out. But remember that America is more than just Washington or one leader."

As for the "Terminator" star, he expressed one wish he had:

"I wish that I could be the Terminator in real life, to be able to travel back in time and to stop all fossil fuels when they were discovered."


Unfortunately, that's not possible. However, Schwarzenegger suggested that local leaders take part in the annual conference next year.

He closed with his signature words: "And if you do that, I promise you: I'll be back."

Sir David Attenborough, a broadcaster and naturalist, also spoke at the event. He further highlighted the seriousness of the situation.


He said:

"Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon."

He then called for policy-makers to act, immediately, on behalf of the public. The broadcaster spoke with urgency saying, "time is running out."


The next climate summit is expected to put together steps in hopes of transitioning to a "low-carbon economy." Additionally, the World Bank pledged support in the amount of $200 billion over five years.

Source: YouTube/ Global News

Schwarzenegger is joined by ex-wife Maria Shriver in denouncing the Trump administration's actions. Back in June, Shriver slammed Ivanka Trump for not speaking up about her father's immigration policy.

Shriver was referring to the separation of children from their mothers that was going on at the border at the time. After her first tweet, she followed up by saying "step up or step down," and tagging the president's daughter.

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