Now, of all the people you probably don't want to start a #Twitter war with, ex-professional body-builder and action star turned surprisingly effective political operative #ArnoldSchwarzenegger is surely near the top of the list. After all, even if you take his ability to physically pummel you into submission out of the equation, the man is modern master of pithy (heavily-scripted) quips. He is, in effect, more perfectly suited to shutting someone down with a ridiculously alliterative pun than almost any other person alive.
And yet, as more-or-less everything he's said in public thus far would seem to suggest, US President and professional mud-thrower #DonaldTrump isn't one to avoid a fight just because it's ridiculous. And while that tendency may be deeply concerning to anyone who doesn't want to see the USA randomly start a war with Canada (presumably over something mean that Seth Rogen tweeted), it can also lead to some pretty entertaining feuds, including a currently running one with — you guessed it — Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.
And, because the internet is a fickle yet benevolent god:
Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Now Trolling Donald Trump Over His Abysmal Approval Ratings
Specifically, Schwarzenegger recently posted a video that mercilessly mocked Trump for his historically low approval ratings two months into his presidency. As Schwarzenegger put it in the video (which you can watch just above):
"The ratings are in, and you got swamped. Wow, now you’re in the 30s? But what do you expect when you take away after-school programs for children and Meals on Wheels for the poor people? That's not what you call Making America Great Again. Come on, who's advising you?"
All of which is, of course, apt for two key reasons. For one thing, Trump — again, while serving as the actual, factual commander in chief — recently attacked Schwarzenegger on Twitter for the poor ratings of the most recent (Trump-produced) season of #TheCelebrityApprentice, making Trump's own ratings slide an all too tempting target for the ex-California governor to take a shot at.
Trump's ratings are also, of course, genuinely terrible, which makes them worthy of note (and mockery) in and of themselves. After all, according to respected pollsters Gallup, he currently has a 37 percent approval rating, which essentially means that close to two-thirds of Americans think he's doing a bad job. That number, in turn, looks especially bad when it's compared to the equivalent ratings for past presidents at this same point in their first term, with Barack Obama's standing at 62 percent and George W. Bush's at 58 percent. Indeed, since Gallup first began conducting its daily surveys, no inhabitant of the Oval Office has dropped below a 50 percent approval rating at this point in their presidency.
And with that sort of precedent, and this sort of president, how could Schwarzenegger possibly resist?
What do you think, though? Will Donald Trump get his ratings back up in time for Sweeps? Let us know below!