Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Donald Trump Statement: “I Will Not Vote For The Republican Candidate”
Trump’s controversial campaign for president took yet another turn on Friday when an unearthed tape showed him making crude remarks about women and sex while wired for an “Access Hollywood” interview with Billy Bush. On Saturday, Trump insisted he will not drop out of the race, even as a number of Republican politicians have withdrawn their endorsement and called on party leaders to consider a replacement nominee.
Now Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, has released a statement stressing that, above all, everyone is American, and that should take priority over party loyalty to the presidential candidate. The actor-turned-politician doesn’t actually name Trump at all in his remarks. But his words, and the timing of them, could not be more clear.
Schwarzenegger began by tweeting, “As proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else – American. My full statement:” He then said in the attached note…
“For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President.
Like many Americans, I’ve been conflicted by this election — I still haven’t made up my mind how exactly I will vote next month. I have been a proud Republican since I moved to America in 1968 and heard Nixon’s words about getting the government off our backs, free trade, and defending our liberty with a strong military. That day I joined the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.
But as proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else — American. So I want to take a moment today to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party — it is your duty.”
Schwarzenegger, as Gossip Cop has reported, is replacing Trump as the boss on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” which will air in January. Trump and Hillary Clinton are still scheduled to face off in their second presidential debate on Sunday.