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‘Screw your freedom’: Arnold Schwarzenegger tells anti-maskers they’re ‘schmucks’

‘Screw your freedom’: Schwarzenegger tells ‘schmuck’ anti-maskers to ‘get vaccinated, get masks and do social distancing’

  • Republican former Governor of California warned against ‘disinformation’ 
  • Arnie, 74, said: ‘There’s a virus and the only way we prevent it is get vaccinated’
  • He said that those who refused to wear masks over ‘freedom’ were ‘schmucks’  


Arnold Schwarzenegger had called anti-maskers ‘schmucks’ and told Americans who are concerned about Covid-19 regulations encroaching on their rights: ‘Screw your freedom.’

The Republican former California governor appeared on a YouTube chat show on Wednesday to urge people: ‘There is a virus here, it kills people, and the only way we prevent it is get vaccinated, get masks, do social distancing, washing your hands all the time, and not just to think about “well my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.” No, screw your freedom.’

The 74-year-old Terminator star said that just because people wanted liberty wasn’t an excuse not to follow rules, comparing it to obeying traffic lights on the roads to keep other people safe.

Schwarzenegger appearing on the show

Arnold Schwarzenegger called anti-maskers ‘schmucks’ and told Americans who are concerned about Covid-19 regulations encroaching on their rights: ‘Screw your freedom’

‘We put the traffic light at the intersection so someone doesn’t kill someone else by accident… you cannot say, ‘no one is going tell me that I’m going to stop here at this traffic light here, I’m going to go right through it’, yeah, then you kill someone else and then it is your doing,’ Schwarzenegger said.

The Hollywood legend has been a vocal proponent of Covid-19 safety measures and earlier this year shared an Instagram post of himself getting the vaccine.

In this week’s video the Austrian-born actor warned of the rise of fascism in America, by comparing the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol to Adolf Hitler’s Brownshirt thugs in the streets of 1930s Germany.  

He warned about the dangers of ‘lying to the nation’ and said it had to be stopped at all costs.  

Schwarzenegger said it was important to follow the rules of the experts when it came to the pandemic but that there ‘is misinformation out there’ which means people are disregarding basics like hand washing and cleaning surfaces.

The Hollywood legend (pictured cycling in California earlier this year) has been a vocal proponent of Covid-19 safety measures and earlier this year shared an Instagram post of himself getting the vaccine

The Hollywood legend (pictured cycling in California earlier this year) has been a vocal proponent of Covid-19 safety measures and earlier this year shared an Instagram post of himself getting the vaccine

He said that people like Dr Anthony Fauci had been ‘studying this stuff their entire lives’ and needed to be respected and listened to by Americans. 

‘Yeah, you have the freedom to wear no mask. But you know something, you’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask because you’re supposed to protect the fellow members around you,’ Arnie said. 

‘I don’t want to villainize anyone here,’ he continued, ‘but I just wanted to tell everyone, let’s work together and let’s stop fighting because there is a virus, and it’s better to get vaccinated [and] to wear a mask.’

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