January marked the first time in American history that a president-elect launched a Twitter feud with his celebrity replacement on a reality TV show.
“Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT,” Donald Trump tweeted after the 2017 debut of Celebrity Apprentice, the show he long hosted before obtaining new employment. “So much for being a movie star…But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.”
Anyone who has watched the classic documentary Pumping Iron could have predicted that Schwarzenegger would find a clever way to respond to Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice taunts. Sure enough: “There’s nothing more important than the people’s work, @realDonaldTrump,” the new host tweeted out. “I wish you the best of luck and I hope you’ll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings.” Get to the chopper!
In any B-grade action movie, this is the part where the antagonist says, “We are not so different, you and I.” For in fact, writes Matt Welch, Trump and Schwarzenegger have even more in common than hosting the same television show, taking the same unusual career path from celebrity to executive office, and surviving the same type of sexual allegations.