- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2017

Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that he “fell in love” with the Republican Party decades ago but couldn’t bring himself to support President Trump because of his support for the coal industry.

“I am a Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan Republican,” the former California governor told Van Jones on the CNN town hall series “The Messy Truth.”

“Those are the kinds of Republicans that I can identify with,” he said. “I’m not a Trump Republican. That’s why I didn’t vote for him.”

Mr. Schwarzenegger said the primary reason why he didn’t cast a vote for Mr. Trump was because of the president’s campaign pledge to bring back coal jobs.

“I say to myself ‘I’ve been fighting for clean environment since the time I’ve come into the governorship,’” Mr. Schwarzenegger said, The Washington Examiner reported. “We have to go and clean our environment. We have to go into a green energy future. We have 7 million people die every year because of pollution.

“I told him that,” he said of Trump. “Therefore, I cannot endorse you because you want to bring coal. The next thing you want to bring back is horse and buggies or Blockbuster or pagers. I don’t think you are a man of the future.”

Mr. Schwarzenegger, who endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the primaries, announced one month before the presidential election that for the first time since becoming a U.S. citizen in the early ‘80s, he would not cast a vote for the Republican nominee.

He and the president have engaged in a very public feud ever since, specifically over TV ratings from “The New Celebrity Apprentice” after Mr. Schwarzenegger took over as host. The former governor announced last month that he was quitting the show after hosting only one season, because he no longer wants any association with Mr. Trump, who still holds an executive producer credit.

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