Trump berated Arnold for his performance as the new Celebrity Apprentice.
Three weeks ago, Americans were flummoxed that president-elect Donald Trump was still involved in the reboot of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” a reality TV show he hosted from 2008 to 2015. Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway said he would serve as executive producer and work on the show in his “spare time.” But later, Trump followed up on Twitter saying “I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!”
On Monday January 2nd, “The New Celebrity Apprentice” debuted starring former California Governor and The Terminator star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and listed Trump as executive producer. Although he allegedly has nothing to do with the show, Trump took time out of his preparations for the oval office to bash Schwarzenegger and tout his own performance on the show. His tweet was odd given the fact that he has a stake in the show. But completely in-character for a person whose need for self-aggrandizement often eclipses his commitments to both business and country.
Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got "swamped" (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for....— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1483706077.0
being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1483706573.0
After Trump slammed Schwarzenegger for the show’s ratings, “The Governator” responded by taking the high road.
There's nothing more important than the people's work, @realDonaldTrump. https://t.co/fYtAfFPMKF— Arnold (@Arnold)1483714994.0
I wish you the best of luck and I hope you'll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings.— Arnold (@Arnold)1483715034.0
Then the former two-term Governor took things a step further by giving some advice to the political novice, Trump.
Please study this quote from Lincoln's inaugural, @realDonaldTrump. It inspired me every day I was Governor, and I… https://t.co/iFDXcsRfEU— Arnold (@Arnold)1483715131.0
Schwarzenegger’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice” debuted to 4.9 million viewers and received a 1.9 out of 4 rating with the under-50 demographic. The previous season premiere, hosted by Trump in January 2015, had a 2.4 in the under-50 demographic and 6.8 million viewers. What Trump fails to realize is the show’s low ratings may be due to his involvement. The latest Economist/YouGov poll found that 51 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the president-elect. That’s no way to attract monster ratings in prime time.
Here’s how Twitter responded to Trump’s Twitter clapback.
@NishWeiseth https://t.co/oclOJjqpgV— alex medina (@alex medina)1483720109.0
. @Schwarzenegger Trump is well on his way to making the 2017 future shown in The Running Man a reality. Do you sti… https://t.co/ZKA4N8fjWL— Ian Boothby (@Ian Boothby)1483717351.0
@Schwarzenegger 2020 https://t.co/RYJsJjjjwK— Tom Durante (@Tom Durante)1483716914.0
@Schwarzenegger Arnie @ Donald https://t.co/mngUCwQ0jd— Dean Mc Kinney-Kennedy (@Dean Mc Kinney-Kennedy)1483715165.0