Lifelong Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that it was time for himself, and the rest of the party to turn their backs on the GOP’s spiraling presidential candidate Donald Trump. The movie star and former two term California Governor tweeted a complete statement which you can see below. The LA Times wrote:
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined a chorus of Republicans who announced Saturday they will not support Donald Trump for president. Schwarzenegger, who took over for Trump this year as host of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” said it will be the first time since becoming a citizen in 1983 that he will not vote for the GOP nominee. He did not indicate for whom he would vote in November.
The star of Predator faced similar charges of inappropriate behavior towards women at the end of his second term, back in 2003. However, there were never the magnitude of allegations leveled at the Hollywood action hero. Swartzenegger won re-election in a blue state by governing pragmatically and until the Tea Party era purged moderates from the mainstream of the party.
Still, Schwartzenegger’s career as an action movie actor did not show signs of waiting until he left acting for politics, mirroring the last Republican president from California. To moviegoers he’s just known as Arnold or Arnie, and by far a better actor than Reagan. Schwarzenegger immigrated from Austria to the United States in 1968 and became a citizen in 1983.
Here’s Arnold Schwarzenegger’s complete statement:
As proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else – American. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/biRvY8S3aZ
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) October 8, 2016
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