You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Arnold Schwarzenegger Speaks at Supreme Court Rally to ‘Terminate’ Gerrymandering

As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a major case about the partisan drawing of legislative and congressional districts, anti-gerrymandering activists staged protests just outside. Among them: Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“It is a fixed system, that is what gerrymandering is all about,” Schwarzenegger told the crowd that included activists from groups like Common Cause and Represent.Us.

He said that only a Supreme Court decision to end extreme partisan gerrymandering could change the system.

“Einstein already said a long time ago that the ones that create the problem cannot fix it, and so Congress would never ever fix the problem because they have one interest and one interest only, which is to stay in power,” Schwarzenegger said.

He also noted that Congress’ approval rating was at 16% and that “herpes and colonoscopies are more popular than Congress, but 98% get re-elected.”

He attributed the failure of Congress to act on issues like immigration, infrastructure, universal health care, and the national debt to the carving out of districts so that lawmakers face little challenge for re-election.

“It is time to terminate gerrymandering,” he said.

Schwarzenegger sat in on oral arguments in a case challenging the way that the state of Wisconsin, under control of Republicans, has drawn district boundaries in their state. According to legal observers, the court’s liberals seem to side with groups challenging the district maps, while conservatives were skeptical of stepping in on an issue that could have far-reaching political ramifications. As in many cases, Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared to be the swing vote.

Schwarzenegger was a champion of redistricting reform when he was governor, and backed ballot initiates in 2008 and 2010 that put the power of redrawing districts in the hand of a commission rather than state lawmakers.

More Politics

  • Facebook

    Russia Investigation: Senators to Unveil Bill to Boost Disclosure of Online Political Ads

    As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a major case about the partisan drawing of legislative and congressional districts, anti-gerrymandering activists staged protests just outside. Among them: Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “It is a fixed system, that is what gerrymandering is all about,” Schwarzenegger told the crowd that included activists from […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    New York Lawmakers Target Non-Disclosure Clauses in Wake of Harvey Weinstein Scandal

    As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a major case about the partisan drawing of legislative and congressional districts, anti-gerrymandering activists staged protests just outside. Among them: Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “It is a fixed system, that is what gerrymandering is all about,” Schwarzenegger told the crowd that included activists from […]

  • Sinclair Broadcast Group

    FCC Puts Two-Week Pause on Review of Sinclair-Tribune Merger; Tribune Shareholders Approve Deal

    As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a major case about the partisan drawing of legislative and congressional districts, anti-gerrymandering activists staged protests just outside. Among them: Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “It is a fixed system, that is what gerrymandering is all about,” Schwarzenegger told the crowd that included activists from […]

  • Hillary Clinton Harvey Weinstein

    Harvey Weinstein Scandal Not Expected to Impact Political Fundraising

    As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a major case about the partisan drawing of legislative and congressional districts, anti-gerrymandering activists staged protests just outside. Among them: Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “It is a fixed system, that is what gerrymandering is all about,” Schwarzenegger told the crowd that included activists from […]

  • Ajit Pai Free Speech

    Ajit Pai, in First Remarks After Trump Tweets, Says FCC Can't Revoke Broadcast Licenses Based on News Content

    As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a major case about the partisan drawing of legislative and congressional districts, anti-gerrymandering activists staged protests just outside. Among them: Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “It is a fixed system, that is what gerrymandering is all about,” Schwarzenegger told the crowd that included activists from […]

  • Donald Trump

    Trump Dismisses Report of 'Apprentice' Contestant's Subpoena

    As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a major case about the partisan drawing of legislative and congressional districts, anti-gerrymandering activists staged protests just outside. Among them: Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “It is a fixed system, that is what gerrymandering is all about,” Schwarzenegger told the crowd that included activists from […]

  • Hillary Clinton Harvey Weinstein

    Clinton Foundation Has No Plans to Return Harvey Weinstein Contributions

    As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a major case about the partisan drawing of legislative and congressional districts, anti-gerrymandering activists staged protests just outside. Among them: Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “It is a fixed system, that is what gerrymandering is all about,” Schwarzenegger told the crowd that included activists from […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content