‘Screw Your Freedom’: Arnold Schwarzenegger Says Anti-Maskers Are ‘Schmucks’

Arnold Schwarzenegger did not hold back about masks in a recent interview.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is known as the greatest bodybuilder of all-time. When he speaks, the bodybuilding world listens but he has expanded over the years to movies and politics. In a recent interview, he did not hold back about his opinion on those who choose not to wear a mask.

Schwarzenegger sat down with CNN’s Bianna Golodryga and shared a clip on his Twitter and YouTube page. In the video, Schwarzenegger is not holding back with his opinions on anti-maskers.

“There is a virus here. It kills people and the only way we prevent it is: get vaccinated, wear masks, do social distancing, washing your hands all the time, and not just to think about, ‘Well my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.’ No, screw your freedom,” Schwarzenegger said.

“You have the freedom to wear no mask — but you know something? You’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask. Because you are supposed to protect your fellow Americans around you.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused plenty of conversation and debates. This stretched from re-opening businesses to the vaccine to masks. There have been plenty of opinions floated around and comparisons made. Schwarzenegger decided to use traffic lights as his way to blend the topic together.

“We put the traffic light at the intersection so someone doesn’t kill someone else by accident,” Schwarzenegger said. “You cannot say, ‘No one is going tell me that I’m going to stop here at this traffic light here, I’m going to go right through it.’ Yeah, then you kill someone else and then it is you’re doing.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been vocal about the virus since the beginning and has urged people to listen to the professionals. This is why he has been following guidelines and asking those to do the same.

“There’s no one that knows more about a bicep than I do because I studied this issue for 50 years and the same is also with the virus. The people out there, the experts, they study this year after year,” Schwarzenegger said.

Schwarzenegger served as the Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. Back in June, he took to Twitter to applaud the job the state was doing to enforce masks.

Arnold Schwarzenegger continued by saying that “anyone making it a political issue is an absolute moron who can’t read.”

This will likely not be the last time that Schwarzenegger makes a public statement on the issue of masks. Right now, there is no doubt about which side the iconic bodybuilder stands on.

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Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation, NJ.com, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.