SAN JOSE, Calif., June 15, 2007 — If anyone knows what it’s like to come to America as someone whose native language wasn’t English, it might be California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Yet the California governor is under fire for some remarks he made this week, saying Spanish speakers should force themselves to speak English.
“You’ve got to turn off the Spanish television set,” Schwarzenegger said Wednesday. “You’re just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster.”
“I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say and I’m going to get myself in trouble,” Schwarzenegger added. “But I know that when I came to this country, I very rarely spoke German to anyone.”
Schwarzenegger made his comments during the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ annual conference, held in San Jose, Calif.
Predictably, many leftist groups were mad at the governor’s remarks.