Arnold Schwarzenegger likened this week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol to Nazi assaults on Jews in Europe forward of World Warfare II in a scathing video wherein the previous California governor additionally known as President Trump “the worst president ever.”
Schwarzenegger wasn’t but alive when Nazis rampaged by Germany and Austria throughout Kristallnacht, or the Evening of Damaged Glass, in 1938, attacking Jewish properties and companies and taking hundreds to focus camps. He was born in Austria two years after World Warfare II ended. However the trauma inflicted by the violent collapse of democracy — and the complicity of a few of these near him — formed his childhood, he stated within the video launched by way of Twitter early Sunday.
“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,” he stated. “Not all of them have been rabid anti-Semites or Nazis. Many simply went alongside step-by-step down the street.”
Schwarzenegger stated that his father would usually come house drunk and hit him and different members of the family, which didn’t appear exceptional as a result of their neighbor was doing the identical factor.
“They have been in bodily ache from the shrapnel of their our bodies and in emotional ache from what they noticed or did,” Schwarzenegger stated. “It began with lies, and lies, and lies, and intolerance.”
Equally, he stated, Trump misled his supporters with lies as he sought a coup to overturn the outcomes of the presidential election.
“Wednesday was the Day of Damaged Glass proper right here in america,” Schwarzenegger stated.
Schwarzenegger went on to decry Trump as “a failed chief” and stated that these politicians who stood behind him are “complicit with those that carried the flag of self-righteous riot into the Capitol.”
He known as for elected representatives and residents to look previous their political events and private disagreements, put democracy first and work collectively towards therapeutic by accepting Joe Biden as president-elect and wishing him success.
“And to those that assume they’ll overturn america Structure, know this: You’ll by no means win,” Schwarzenegger stated.
Schwarzenegger, who took over hosting duties for Trump on “Superstar Apprentice” when Trump ran for workplace, has traded jabs with the president for years. As Schwarzenegger departed the show in 2017, he blamed Trump’s affiliation for its low scores and Trump shot again that Schwarzenegger had really been fired.
Extra lately, Schwarzenegger has additionally been important of Trump’s stance on climate change and the divisive nature of his political model.