The former California Governor praised those competing at the 2017 event in Austria via this heartwarming Facebook video Thursday:
“These guys inspire me!” the former governor of California captioned the clip. But, sadly, not everyone shared his view.
One person reacted by posting that the Special Olympics “make no sense.”
“The Olympics are for the best athletes in the entire world to compete against each other to determine who is best,” they wrote. “Having retards competing is doing the opposite.”
Schwarzenegger didn’t hold back with his response, which he called a “teachable moment”:
“As evil and stupid as this comment is, I’m not going to delete it or ban you (yet) because it’s a teachable moment.
You have two possible paths ahead. Right now, I guarantee you that these athletes have more courage, compassion, brains and skill ― actually more of every positive human quality than you.
So take their path ― you could learn from them, and try to challenge yourself, to give back, to add something to the world. Or you can stay on your path, and keep being a sad pitiful jealous Internet troll who adds nothing to the world but mocks anyone who does out of small-minded jealousy.
I know that all you really want is attention, so let me be clear. If you choose to keep going this way, no one will ever remember you.”
Both the troll’s comment and Schwarzenegger’s reply appear to have since been deleted. But not before Twitter users screen grabbed the exchange and used it to praise the action star:
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