Arnold Schwarzenegger shared words of hope Sunday after the deadly mob in the US Capitol, while condemning President Donald Trump and the “spinelessness” of his fellow Republicans.
Schwarzenegger, an actor and former governor of the California Civil Defense, drew parallels with his upbringing in post-World War II Austria as he discussed the riots in support of Trump at the Capitol in the United States.
In a video statement released Sunday, he compared the Washington uprising to Crystalnacht, a 1938 attack by Nazis in Germany who began destroying Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues when thousands were arrested for concentration camps ̵
“The broken glass was in the windows of the US Capitol,” Schwarzenegger said. “But the crowd didn’t just break the Capitol windows, they smashed the ideas we took for granted. They not only broke down the doors of the building that housed American democracy, they trampled on the very principles on which our country was founded. “
Schwarzenegger said as a child he saw devastated men who drank their guilt for participating in the worst “regime” in history, revealing that his father often got drunk and beat him and his mother.
“President Trump is seeking to overturn election results and fair elections,” Schwarzenegger said. “He seeks a coup by misleading people with lies. My father and neighbors were also deceived by lies. “
Trump is a failed leader who will soon become irrelevant, Schwarzenegger said. He then turned to select officials who allowed Trump and referred to President John F. Kennedy’s book Profiles in Courage.
“Many members of my own party, because of their own invertebrates, would never see their names in such a book, I guarantee you,” Schwarzenegger said. “They are pleased with those who carried the flag of the self-righteous uprising in the Capitol.”
Civil servants must put the country above the party and work for the people, he said. He also offered his support to President-elect Joe Biden shortly before drawing the sword from his 1982 film Conan the Barbarian.
Schwarzenegger used the sword as a metaphor to offer hope to Americans after the Capitol riots, which involved five deaths. He explained that swords become stronger after repeated hardening as the steel is kept on fire and then immersed in cold water again and again.
American democracy has been softened, he said.
“I believe that no matter how shaken we are by the events of recent days, we will come out stronger because we now understand what can be lost,” Schwarzenegger said. “We need reforms, of course, so that this never happens again. We must hold accountable the people who brought us to this difficult time. And we must look beyond ourselves, our guerrilla differences, and put our democracy first. “