When asked what was the best thing in life, Conan the Barbarian, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, replied: “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!”
In real life, the actor and former California governor uses a gentler touch.
Offended by the far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, Schwarzenegger used his wallet, not his wallops, to register his protest.
He donated $100,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which combats anti-Semitism and bigotry.
Schwarzenegger announced the donation Sunday on Facebook. He wrote that he was “horrified” by the previous day’s rally, which brought together neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other far-right activists.
“I have been horrified by the images of Nazis and white supremacists marching in Charlottesville and I was heartbroken that a domestic terrorist took an innocent life,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “My message to them is simple: you will not win. Our voices are louder and stronger. There is no white America — there is only the United States of America.”
Schwarzenegger said he has worked with the Los Angeles-based Wiesenthal Center for decades, and admires “the Center’s mission of expanding tolerance through education and fighting hate all over America — in the streets and online.”
JTA Wire Service