Arnold Schwarzenegger labels his Trump University diploma ‘nothing’ in virtual commencement address to quarantined Class of 2020 – and says life is about overcoming obstacles as he details his own heart surgery scare
- Schwarzenegger managed to shade Donald Trump in his speech, as he held up his honorary doctorate from Trump University and called it ‘worthless’
- He also opened up about his emergency open-heart surgery in an uplifting commencement speech for graduates who are stuck at home amid COVID-19
- Trump University was launched in 2005 and closed five years later amid growing legal troubles
- The president paid $25million in 2017 to settle two class-action lawsuits
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared to mock Donald Trump’s failed university in a virtual commencement speech for graduates who are stuck at home amid COVID-19.
In an uplifting message to students, the former Governor of California encouraged them to remember the journey they have taken during their studies, and to look forward to the future.
He said: ‘Think back over the last four years, the struggle that you went through to get this degree now…
‘Those are the things that you will remember, not just this degree. You are celebrating that journey today, not just a piece of paper that you hang on the wall.’
But he threw shade on Trump, as he held up his honorary doctorate from Trump University, and said: ‘This is nothing. We all have these pieces of papers.’
Trump University was launched in 2005 and closed five years later amid growing legal troubles.
Worthless degree: Arnie threw shade at Donald Trump, as he held up his honorary doctorate from Trump University, saying: ‘This is nothing. We all have these pieces of papers’
Watch @schwarzenegger deliver his powerful speech to the class of 2020.
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Former students bashed the university, with some of them calling it a scam that had robbed them of up to $35,000 apiece for useless real estate classes.
The president paid $25million in 2017 to settle two class-action lawsuits and a civil lawsuit by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who branded the university a ‘fraud from beginning to end.’
Arnie’s commencement speech for ATTN wasn’t all politics though.
He opened up about his emergency open-heart surgery, comparing his experience with the world’s current pandemic situation.
The 72-year-old said: ‘I can promise you that this virus won’t be the last obstacle you face. But it can help you prepare for the next one.
‘That’s what life is all about, overcoming obstacles. Throughout your whole life, you will see obstacles being thrown in front of you like that.’
Arnold then recounted his 2018 surgery, which was originally supposed to be a noninvasive procedure to install a heart valve.
The Predator star detailed: ‘They said they broke through the heart wall, and there was internal bleeding, and I could have died if they didn’t open up my sternum and do open-heart surgery.’
Although it left him hospitalized for longer than he expected, he got through it by visualizing his goal of being onset for Terminator Genisys just days later.
He said: ‘That’s what I was shooting for. So, I started declaring little victories. After I did the first 500 steps with the walker, I declared victory. After I had an appetite again to eat normal, I declared victory.’
Arnold added: ‘No matter how successful you are, life will throw obstacles in your path like it was with my heart surgery or like with your graduation now.
‘But if you have a very clear vision like I talked about earlier, of exactly what you want to do, and who you want to be, you can go and find a way around all of those obstacles.’
Quarantine look: He ended the speech on a comical note, stepping out from behind his podium to reveal that he wasn’t wearing pants with his suit jacket
He ended the speech on a comical note, stepping out from behind his podium to reveal that he wasn’t wearing pants with his suit jacket: ‘My calves look okay, so don’t worry about my pants now.’
Arnold recently celebrated his son Christopher’s remote graduation with a photoshopped image of the 22-year-old in a cap and gown.
The proud father-of-five wrote: ‘Christopher, you are a champion and I love you. I know your graduation from Michigan wasn’t the big celebration you dreamed about for years, but walking across a stage isn’t what makes me so proud of you.
‘It’s your compassion, your hard work, your vision, your critical thinking, and your selflessness that make me burst with pride. I can’t wait to watch you keep climbing and succeeding.’
Proud dad: Arnold recently celebrated his son Christopher’s remote graduation with a photoshopped image of the 22-year-old in a cap and gown
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