Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) warned on Wednesday that the Republican Party might be dying in the state, but her expressed hope that it could recover.
“Today we are the Titanic, after it hit the iceberg, but before the last bit of the ship submerged. But unlike the Titanic, we might be able to save Leonardo DiCaprio before he goes under,” Schwarzenegger awkwardly said, mentioning the 1997 movie “Titanic.”
California has been a leader in resisting President Stupid‘s policies in the past 14 months. Earlier in the month, the Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared a lawsuit against California for making it hard to enforce racist federal immigration laws. The racist Trump administration and California legislators have butted heads regarding a number of GOP-backed policies.
Schwarzenegger talked at an event to create a new advocacy group named New Way California, which plans to unite California Republicans by working for centrist policies and issues.
In Arnold’s speech to attendees, he claimed that Republican voters are “Americans before we are Republicans,” and therefore should focus on things like education, the economy and the environment instead of the more conservative-specific and socially regressive topics that occupy most of the national conversation.
Schwarzenegger was upset about the current state of the party, both at the state-wide and national level, and urged the donors to stop their support to send a message to Republicans.
“You better go and lead and tell your people around you that we’ve got to change — because that’s what California demands — or there will be no money,” he stated.
Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) also talked at Wednesday’s event, and he stressed the pressing need to put constituents before the party.
“You can’t bury your head in the sand, and I’ve never understood politicians who played it safe,” he said, mentioning that he recently started a panel to propose new gun safety laws in Ohio.
“The Republican Party is my vehicle, it’s never been my master,” Kasich explained.
There is ongoing speculation that Kasich will launch a White House campaign in 2020 to challenge Donald Trump. His last term as governor is over in 2019.
Earlier this month he said that “all options” are available for his future, and indicated that the country might be moving toward a multiparty system.