Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appealed for unity Sunday after the violent assault on the US Capitol, which he described as an tried coup by President Donald Trump, drawing comparisons to Nazi Germany.
In a video posted on Twitter that rapidly went viral, the Hollywood star in contrast the assault by Trump supporters to Kristallnacht, or the “Evening of Damaged Glass,” when Nazis carried out pogroms in Germany in 1938 that included breaking the home windows of Jewish-owned shops.
“Wednesday was the Day of Damaged Glass proper right here in america,” mentioned Schwarzenegger gravely, sitting at his desk between the US and California state flags.
“The damaged glass was within the home windows of america Capitol. Rising up, I used to be surrounded by damaged males, consuming away their guilt over their participation in probably the most evil regime in historical past,” continued Schwarzenegger, who was born in Austria in 1947.
My message to my fellow Individuals and buddies around the globe following this week’s assault on the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/blOy35LWJ5
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 10, 2021
“I’ve by no means shared this so publicly as a result of it’s a painful reminiscence, however my father would come house drunk a few times per week and he would scream and hit us and scare my mom.”
The actor, identified for his roles within the “Terminator” franchise and “Conan the Barbarian,” didn’t explicitly say his father had been a Nazi, however mentioned “my father and our neighbors have been misled additionally with lies, and I do know the place such lies lead.”
“President Trump sought to overturn the outcomes of an election and of a good election. He sought a coup by deceptive folks with lies,” Schwarzenegger mentioned.
“President Trump is a failed chief. He’ll go down in historical past because the worst president ever. The great factor is that he quickly shall be as irrelevant as an outdated tweet.
“It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is, I ask you to affix me in saying to President-elect Biden, ‘President-elect Biden, we want you nice success as our President. In case you succeed, our nation succeeds,'” Schwarzenegger concluded.
“And to those that suppose they’ll overturn america Structure, know this: you’ll by no means win.”
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