NEW YORK, Ny. – Hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets in solidarity Thursday night to show support and pray for the success of former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, host of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice.
The outpouring of national support came hours after President Donald J. Trump delivered a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., in which he called on Americans to pray for a spike in the show’s ratings. “I want to just pray for Arnold if we can for those ratings,” President Trump told attendees of the annual event, adding that under Mr. Schwarzenegger, the show’s ratings have plummeted. “It’s been a total disaster,” the president conceded.
In Chicago, Illinois, more than eight thousand people attended a candlelight vigil outside the Trump International Hotel & Tower, with many carrying placards depicting the sixty-nine year-old star of Terminator 2: Judgement Day rising above the clouds aboard a rocket ship of ratings. “This is a time for us to put our differences and opinions aside and come together as a nation in support of Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Father Rodney Kovak of Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church in downtown Chicago told The Associated Press.
“If the president says this is an important issue, then it’s important issue,” said Heidi Fischer, a thirty-nine year-old mother of two who attended an outdoor prayer service for Mr. Schwarzenegger in Charleston, South Carolina. “More than ever, I believe we need to work together to make this country great again,” Mrs. Fischer declared. “And if watching Celebrity Apprentice is something President Trump thinks will help make that a reality, then we as a family will sit down every Monday night and watch it.”
Meanwhile, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is believed to be Catholic, lashed out at President Donald J. Trump via Twitter on Thursday, challenging the president to swap roles with him. “Why don’t we switch jobs?” Mr. Schwarzenegger proposed, continuing, “You take over TV, because you’re such an expert in ratings, and I’ll take over your job.” The former bodybuilder and star of Total Recall went on to suggest that Americans might “sleep comfortably again” if he were president.
However, Mr. Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria on July 30, 1947, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1983. He is, therefore, ineligible to run for the Presidency. The position is solely reserved for natural born citizens.