AUSTIN, Texas – Some big stars made their way to Austin for South By Southwest and some festival-goers got a chance to hear from one of the biggest.
Former California governor and “Terminator” star Arnold Schwarzenegger sat down with POLITICO’s podcast, "Off Message." The podcast covers the behind-the-scenes of the country’s most powerful political players.
The former governor gave his take on the issues of the day, including responding to recent swipes from President Donald Trump. He also discussed battling oil companies “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”
“This is no different from the smoking issue. The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades that smoking would kill people, would harm people and create cancer, and were hiding that fact from the people and denied it. Then eventually they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars because of that,” said Schwarzenegger. “The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study that there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it that it would be risky for people’s lives, that it would kill.”
Schwarzenegger also touched on his post political life and his fight to stop gerrymandering voting districts across the country.
Gerrymandering is when electoral boundaries are manipulated to favor one political party over the other.