Arnold Schwarzenegger on Trump: ‘I Will Not Vote For the Republican Candidate’

The former governor released a written statement on Twitter Saturday

Last Updated: October 8, 2016 @ 7:19 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger will not vote for Donald Trump during the 2016 general election, he said in written statement released on Twitter Saturday.

“For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President,” Schwarzenegger said.

Schwarzenegger added: “Like many Americans, I’ve been conflicted by this election – I still haven’t made up my mind about how exactly I will vote next month. 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 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.”

The Washington Post published a tape Friday of Trump boasting about kissing, groping and having sex with women, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do anything  … I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” he said. “Grab ‘em by the p-y.”

Although his hot mic gaffe is being condemned by Republicans and their support is dropping off, Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Saturday there is “zero chance I’ll quit.”