The new 'Apprentice' hosts back away from his predecessor
Add Arnold Schwarzenegger to the growing list of Republicans who won’t vote for Donald Trump on Nov. 8.
On Saturday, the Terminator star and former Republican governor of California said he will not cast a ballot for the Republican candidate in the presidential election for the first time since becoming a citizen in 1983. Schwarzenegger did not say which other candidate he would vote for in the presidential election.
“Like many Americans, I’ve been conflicted about this election — I still haven’t made up my mind about how exactly I will vote next month,” Schwarzenegger, who replaced Trump as host of The Apprentice on NBC, wrote on Twitter. “I have been a proud Republican since I moved to America in 1968 and I 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 a proud as I am to label myself Republican, there is one label I hold above all else — American,” Schwarzenegger continued. “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’s comments come after a 2005 video of Trump emerged where the GOP nominee made graphic remarks about women. “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women] — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said in the video, adding, “Grab ’em by the p—y. You can do anything.”
CORRECTION: This article originally stated that Schwarzenegger had previously supported Trump.