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Schwarzenegger To Trump Protesters: 'Stop Whining'

| by Lauren Briggs

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a message for everyone who did not vote for President-elect Donald Trump: Stop whining.

"Now he's elected, and now it is very important that we all support the president, and that we all come together and we stop whining and [become] one nation," the former California governor told NBC's Matt Lauer on a Dec. 15 episode of the "Today Show," according to CNN Money. "It's not blue states and red states. It's the United States of America."

Schwarzenegger, who will be hosting the upcoming season of "The Apprentice" after Trump departed from the show to run for president, urged the president-elect to follow his bipartisan lead and break away from mainline party politics and look to the bigger picture.

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"Keep working with the other party," he said. "If you take people from both parties then you get 100 percent of the brain power. ... There's so much brain power in the United States. This is by far the smartest country in the world and the best country in the world."

Schwarzenegger, a Republican, was a part of the GOP movement against Trump and said that he could not support the candidate, despite being a part of the same political party.

"I'm an environmentalist," Schwarzenegger said. "It's one of the reasons I couldn't go for Trump. ... I wanted to make sure we're going into a clean environment and a clean future because that's what we did in California."

The action film star announced on Oct. 8 in a Twitter post that, for the first time since he was able to vote after becoming an American citizen in 1983, he would not be casting his ballot for the Republican nominee.

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"Like many Americans, I've been conflicted this election," Schwarzenegger wrote in the Twitter post. "I want to take a moment to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party — it is your duty."

He did not indicate at the time for whom he would cast his ballot, specifically.

The former governor also discussed his television hosting gig with Lauer, saying that he will have complete control over the new "Apprentice" season and will be "the new boss," though he would gladly take advice from Trump, should the president-elect have the time in his busy schedule.

Sources: CNN Money, Arnold Schwarzenegger/Twitter / Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

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