Arnold Schwarzenegger calls Greta Thunberg 'feisty' and 'strong, says fossil fuel companies will do everything to discredit her
Schwarzenegger, who himself advocates environmental consciousness, says she has shown now how much a power a kid has when they go out and do something about it.
On one side where President Donald Trump was mocking 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg -- Trump wrote, “So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” -- on the other side, actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was all praises.
In an exclusive interview with Elex Michaelson for FOX11’s political talk show ‘The Issue Is’, the ‘Terminator’ actor said, “She’s a fantastic young lady…the fossil fuel companies will do everything they can to discredit her.”
Schwarzenegger, who himself advocates environmental consciousness, said on the show: “She’s very feisty. She’s very strong. She has a clear vision…This is what we want every kid to do…She has shown now how much a power a kid has when they go out and do something about it.”
The Austrian-born actor and the teenager also share a friendship. Last month, Schwarzenegger shared pictures of him cycling with Thunberg, calling her his “friend and hero.” The 72-year-old wrote: “It was fantastic to see my friend and one of my heroes Greta Thunberg last week and go on a bike ride around Santa Monica together and I was so pumped to introduce her to my daughter Christina. Keep inspiring, Greta!”
Commenting on his critics, Schwarzenegger said on the show, “I made an announcement that I’m more and more going vegan… Immediately someone said, ‘Oh, you’re selling out to the left.’ What does this have to do with the left? What does this have to do with any party?”
He further said, “We really put the environmental issue…on steroids so to speak. The rest of the country looks at California, they see what we are doing, they get inspired, and then they copy us.”
He said, “We have proven that you can have the strictest environmental laws in the country and still be number one, economically, in the country.”