“We need to heal together from the drama of what just happened,” Schwarzenegger said in a seven-and-a-half-minute video posted on Twitter. “We need to heal not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans.”
Schwarzenegger painted his childhood in Austria as a result of World War II, warning of the threat posed by repeated lies and intolerance.
“Wednesday was broken glass day right here in the United States,”
Schwarzenegger said he grew up in Austria around “broken men who drink guilt for participating in the worst regime in history.” They were not all “furious anti-Semites or Nazis,” he said. “Many just went on, step by step, down the road.”
He shared a story about his own father, who was a member of the Nazi party during World War II.
“I’ve never shared this in public because it’s a painful memory, but my father came home drunk once or twice a week, he was screaming and hitting and scaring my mother,” Schwarzenegger said.
Men like his father experienced both “physical pain from the shrapnel in their bodies and emotional pain from what they saw or did.”
“Since I’m from Europe, I saw first hand how things can get out of hand,” he said.
“Our democracy was firm”
The former Republican governor and actor then turned his attention to the president.
“President Trump tried to annul the election results, fair elections. He tried to carry out a coup by misleading people with lies,” he said. “My father and our neighbors were also deceived by lies, and I know where such lies lead.”
“President Trump is an unsuccessful leader. He will go down in history as the worst president ever. The good thing is that he will soon be as irrelevant as an old tweet.”
Schwarzenegger also called for elected officials, who gave the president a chance. Without naming anyone, he said a number of members of his party had shown “invertebrateness” and were “accomplices” with those who carried out the uprising.
“But that didn’t work. Our democracy was solid,” he said, citing confirmation of Biden’s electoral victory just hours after the Capitol raid. “What a great demonstration of democracy.”
In the video, Schwarzenegger raised a sword that he said belonged to Conan the Barbarian, the character who played in the 1982 film of the same name.
“Our democracy is like the steel of this sword,” he said. “The more hardened, the stronger it gets.”
To begin the nation’s healing, Schwarzenegger called on everyone to join him in a message to Biden: “President-elect Biden, we wish you great success as our president. If you succeed, our nation succeeds. We support you wholeheartedly as you strive to bring us together. ”
“And for those who think they can repeal the United States constitution, know that,” he added. “You will never win.”