Robert De Niro and Arnold Schwarzenegger Denounce Donald Trump
Robert De Niro and Arnold Schwarzenegger have both publicly condemned Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The controversial “wannabe politician” has generated even more negative headlines after journalists at the Washington Post obtained audio from 2005 which features the billionaire using lewd language while discussing women with Today show co-host and former Access Hollywood presenter Billy Bush.
Statements made during the recording, which was leaked on Friday, were so offensive countless public figures have come forward to denounce Trump, including Schwarzenegger, a former Republican governor of the state of California who recently replaced Trump’s old post as host of hit reality TV competition The Celebrity Apprentice.
“For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President,” Schwarzenegger wrote in a statement released on Twitter on Saturday. “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.”
Schwarzenegger continued, “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.”
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
Fellow actor De Niro was decidedly more scathing in his condemnation of Trump, referring to the political candidate as “blatantly stupid,” “a punk,” “a dog” and “a bulls**t artist.”
“[Trump] thinks he’s gaming society, doesn’t pay his taxes, he’s an idiot, Colin Powell said it best, he’s a national disaster, he’s an embarrassment to this country,” the 73-year-old Academy Award winner stated in a video message for Anonymous Content. “It makes me so angry that this country has gotten to this point that this fool, this bozo, has wound up where he has.”
De Niro added, “He talks about how he’d like to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face.”
Hollywood stars aren’t the only ones upset with Trump, as several noteworthy Republican politicians have called for him to step down from the candidacy, but Trump won’t quit pursuing a seat in the White House despite all the backlash he’s receiving.
“I’d never withdraw,” he told the Washington Post on Saturday when speaking about the presidential race. “I’ve never withdrawn in my life. No, I’m not quitting. I have tremendous support.”