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Trump slams Schwarzenegger over ‘Apprentice’ ratings — and the Terminator fires back

Donald Trump slammed Arnold Schwarzenegger, the new host of “Celebrity Apprentice” on Twitter Friday.
Donald Trump slammed Arnold Schwarzenegger, the new host of “Celebrity Apprentice” on Twitter Friday.

It’s Trump vs. the Terminator on Twitter.

Grab the popcorn.

You would think the incoming president of the United States would have something more important to do than pick a fight over a TV show.

Nah.

Donald Trump slammed Arnold Schwarzenegger, the new host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” after he measured his ratings on the show against Schwarzenegger’s — and found the Terminator lacking.

According to The Wrap, Schwarzenegger’s two-hour debut on Jan. 2 was crushed by that night’s episode of “The Bachelor.”

The show had 4.9 million viewers, the Wrap reported. The previous season’s premiere, hosted by Trump in January 2015, had 6.8 million viewers.

“Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT,” Trump tweeted Friday.

“So much for 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 (John) Kasich & Hillary (Clinton).”

Schwarzenegger shot back.

Then he wished Trump luck.

Then, the former governor of California tweeted a video clip in which he reads from Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.

“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Trump’s shot across the bow left many people scratching their heads.

Trump was listed as an executive producer on the show’s closing credits on Monday, so he clearly still has a stake in its success.

So why slam the new host?

The Washington Post pondered whether Trump’s attack was dumb or ingenious — or both.

“It could be that the tweets are a ploy to create drama and buzz around a show that apparently needs some,” the Post suggested.

“Reality TV thrives on conflict, and new host/Terminator/Mr. Universe vs. old host/executive producer/Mr. President-elect is a pretty compelling conflict.”

Keep the popcorn handy.

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