Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump’s successor on Celebrity Apprentice, says that he will not vote for the Republican in the presidential election due to Trump’s disrespectful treatment of women in the Access Hollywood bus conversation with Billy Bush. Schwarzenegger, who became an American citizen in 1983, claims he cannot vote for Donald Trump in this election.
The fallout from the vulgar Access Hollywood clip has not just caused harm to the Trump campaign, but to the career of Billy Bush, who has been suspended from his new job on the Today show. On the tape, Bush seemed to be a willing participant in what Donald Trump is calling “locker room talk,” which most people believe is misogynistic. Trump gave what many are referring to as a non-apology, according to the Inquisitr.
For a guy who was at one time notorious for pinching and grabbing his share of ladies on movie sets, Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to be taking a big stand against sexist and offensive behavior, says Page Six.
“For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President.”
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Although Schwarzenegger doesn’t mention Trump by name, a Schwarzenegger representative elaborated on Arnold’s refusal to vote with his party.
“The candidate has not engaged in improper conduct toward women. At no point has Gov. Schwarzenegger supported the Republican candidate, Trump.”
There was no mention in the statement about Arnold’s past foibles.
But Arnold Schwarzenegger claims he is not just taking a stand on behalf of women, but because it is truly American to put your country ahead of your political party, reports the Huffington Post.
“…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.”
Arnold claims that he has proudly called himself a Republican since 1968, and he has remained a Republican despite being married to Maria Shriver, a member of the Kennedy family of famous Democrats. Schwarzenegger lists Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan amongst the Republicans he admires, insinuating that Donald Trump is not his kind of Republican.
And Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the only prominent Republican jumping ship, says the Irish Independent. House Speaker Paul Ryan has said that he will not support Donald Trump and will not be present at any Trump events. Additionally, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse tweeted that it is time for Donald Trump to realize that it’s over for him.
“[Mr. Trump] is obviously not going to win. But he can still make an honorable move: Step aside & let (running mate) Mike Pence try.”
Republican strategist Terry Sullivan says that for Trump, it’s over, and he’s trying to look on the bright side. The election is almost over, as he has cast a shadow on the entire pool of Republican candidates.
“The only good news is that in 30 days Trump will be back to being just a former reality TV star like the Kardashians, and Republican candidates across America will no longer be asked to respond to his stupid remarks.”
Trump still believes that his talk was not unusual for grown men and said it was “locker room talk.”
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