Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made his first political foray into the fall’s general election, and surprisingly, he’s not backing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump – yet. Instead, Schwarzenegger is fundraising for GOP senators, in an effort to keep Congress in Republican hands.
In an email sent out this morning by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Gov. Schwarzenegger spelled out why he is a Republican, and stressed the importance of fighting to keep Republicans in control of the Senate:
In 1968, I moved to America with nothing but my gym bag. I came here because it was the greatest country in the world, the only place I could make my big dreams a reality.
When I heard the Republican platform, it was a breath of fresh air compared to my socialist upbringing. Free enterprise, getting the government off your back, lowering taxes and strengthening the military – I knew this was the recipe for greatness, and I’ve been a Republican ever since.
We are still the greatest country in the world, but we have to keep fighting every single day to keep it that way.
That is why we must elect strong Republican leadership to Congress this fall. Working together, Republicans can win this year, but they need your help.
Chip in $25, $50, $100, or more immediately to keep our strong Republican majority in the U.S. Senate.
I care about our country’s future. I know you do too. And that is why we must work together to make a difference before it’s too late.
There are less than 60 days until Election Day. Can I count on you?
While Schwarzenegger’s support for GOP senators makes sense, his lack of vocal support for Trump may be indicative of a deep divide between the two. Schwarzenegger backed John Kasich during the primaries, and appointed Judge Gonzalo Curiel to the bench. Curiel is the judge in the case against Trump involving Trump University, and the real estate tycoon raised eyebrows when he said Curiel’s Mexican heritage would cause a bias against him the case, and demanded the judge recuse himself. Schwarzenegger defended Curiel to the press, calling him an “American hero.”
There may also be some professional antagonism between the two. Schwarzenegger was pegged by NBC to take over as the host of “The Apprentice” when Trump announced his presidential run. Trump was complimentary to The Governator taking over the show, but Schwarzenegger has been less vocal in praising Trump, making his lack of support for Trump now a very curious situation.
Until Schwarzenegger weighs in on Trump, his silence is deafening.