Former governor of California and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken a stand against gerrymandering. Even though he is a Republican, he sees the inequity gerrymandering has caused by excluding minority voters.
Schwarzenegger said that he is providing matching funds to “make Washington work for us.” He pointed toward California’s successful reform measure. The Washington Examiner reported that he said:
‘It is now time to take independent redistricting reform nationwide. It’s complicated, but we are here to show you that it is not impossible.’
Donald Trump began a war of words after he criticized Schwarzenegger’s ratings when the actor starred in The Apprentice. The actor’s twitter response sounded more presidential than the president, as Vanity Fair reported:
‘Oh, Donald, the ratings are in, and you got swamped. Wow. Now you’re in the thirties? But what do you expect? I mean when you take away after-school programs for children and Meals on Wheels for the poor people, that’s not what you call ‘making America great again.’ Come on! I mean, who is advising you?’
The former governor wants to supercharge a reform movement in the U.S. He offered to match funds for anyone donating to the non-partisan, for-profit organization that supports political causes, helps people organize, and raises money, Crowdpac. The Washington Examiner reported Schwarzenegger said:
‘It’s a three-pronged attack — we will fight gerrymandering with grassroots initiatives, we will fight it by lobbying in state capitols and we will fight it in the courts. Together, we will win.’
Schwarzenegger was married to Maria Schriver Schwarzenegger, a member of the famous political Kennedy family. The actor may be considering a run for the U.S. Senate. As a foreign-born citizen, he cannot run for president.
The former governor has criticized gerrymandering, calling the resulting Congress one that “couldn’t beat herpes in the polls.”
One example of gerrymandering is the Texas Republicans, who lost court cases in their attempts to retain it. The Lone Star state’s congressional districts ended up looking like strange creatures from two miles beneath the ocean’s surface.
Texas and other southern states had to get advance federal approval prior to altering its voting laws. In 2013, the Supreme Court wrote a decision changing all of that — it freed Texas legislators to gerrymander to their heart’s content.
The Texas legislature passed a law, which was intended to discriminate against minority voters. Then, a federal judge found that the Texans wrote legislation for the express purpose of discriminating against minority voters.
Hopefully, Schwarzenegger will terminate gerrymandering.
Check out this video, an easy explanation of gerrymandering:
Featured Image: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Twitter Page.