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Two-Time Oscar Winner Denied Clicking Picture With Arnold Schwarzenegger After His Refusal to Donald Trump’s Question

Published 08/11/2022, 12:00 PM EDT

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As a big-name celebrity and 38th governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger attends a myriad of political conferences and events. Even after his term as governor ended in 2011, he has remained outspoken about his political opinions. His massive platform gave him a lot of influential power.

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At such an event in 2016, Schwarzenegger came across a sticky situation. With the US presidential election underway, and Donald Trump running for the Republican party, the bodybuilder had a tough decision to make.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger got snubbed for a photograph

As a proud Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger had been voting red ever since he became an American in 1983. But many of his views on political matters didn’t align with Donald Trump’s policies. Schwarzenegger has been critical of Trump on multiple occasions in the last few years. But at the time of this incident, he hadn’t taken a clear stance yet on who would get his final vote.

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In 2016, he attended the VIP cocktail reception for the annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Western Regional Gala. Also in attendance was two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro. The two met at the event, and De Niro pestered the bodybuilder to reveal his pick between the presidential candidates.


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“Are you voting for Trump?” De Niro kept asking Schwarzenegger, and the former Californian didn’t give a definite answer. The press had captured the two mingling earlier in the evening. However, when they asked De Niro to pose for a picture with Schwarzenegger, he refused. “If you’re supporting Trump, I want nothing to do with you,” he claimed. Reportedly, he rebuffed Schwarzenegger’s attempts to explain and retreated to the other end of the room.

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Schwarzenegger’s opinion on Donald Trump

About a month before the incident, Arnold Schwarzenegger had expressed his conflict over the 2016 US Presidential Election via Twitter. He wrote, “Like many Americans, I’ve been conflicted by this election – I still haven’t made up my mind about how exactly I will vote next month.”


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Schwarzenegger used to have a good relationship with Donald Trump before the latter announced his candidacy for President. The bodybuilder revealed once that they would often meet at pro-wrestling competitions.


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When Schwarzenegger made an appearance on Celebrity Apprentice in 2007, as the then-governor of California, Trump introduced him as a “great friend.” He even donated to Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign, an amount of $10,000. Eventually, however, their friendship deteriorated, and they even became involved in a long-standing Twitter feud over ratings and politics.



Mansi Jain

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Mansi Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi and has also previously interned for HT Media. She is always one mention of Yuzuru Hanyu away from delivering an hour-long speech about the athlete's legacy.

Edited By: Rupak Kumar Jha