In a video posted to Twitter on Sunday that rapidly drew hundreds of thousands of views, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film star and former California governor, in contrast the riot at the Capitol final week to Kristallnacht, a rampage in Germany in 1938 through which Nazi-inspired mobs burned synagogues and destroyed Jewish-owned retailers.
Seated at a desk and flanked by the American and Californian flags, Mr. Schwarzenegger wove his experiences rising up in Austria after World War II to what he was witnessing in the United States.
“Being from Europe, I’ve seen firsthand how things can spin out of control,” he stated, including that whereas others could concern that one thing related might occur in the United States, he didn’t assume it could.
“I do believe that we must be aware of the dire consequences of selfishness and cynicism,” he warned.
Mr. Schwarzenegger recalled rising up surrounded by males who drank away their “guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history.” His father, like others in the neighborhood, would return house drunk a few times a week, and “he would scream and hit us and scare my mother,” he stated.
The painful reminiscence, he stated, was one he had not shared so publicly earlier than, however he selected to achieve this to underscore the “emotional pain” that these males skilled from what they noticed or did.
“My father and our neighbors were misled also with lies,” he stated. “And I know where such lies lead.”
Mr. Schwarzenegger linked the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol to Kristallnacht, describing the assaults towards Jews greater than 80 years in the past as carried out by “the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys.”
Within hours, the 7-minute video drew practically 10 million views on Twitter.
Mr. Schwarzenegger, a Republican who has lengthy been important of President Trump, described him in the video as a “failed leader” and the “the worst president ever.” Noting the e book written by former President John F. Kennedy known as “Profiles in Courage,” Mr. Schwarzenegger added that a variety of Republicans would by no means see their names in such a e book due to what he known as “their own spinelessness.”
“We need to hold accountable the people who brought us to this unforgivable point,” he stated.
In a name for bipartisanship, Mr. Schwarzenegger underscored the want for the nation’s therapeutic. Referring to his 1982 movie “Conan the Barbarian,” he picked up a sword from his desk and stated “This is the Conan sword.” A sword is tempered and strengthened by pounding it with a hammer after which heating and cooling it, he stated.
“Our democracy is like the steel of this sword,” Mr. Schwarzenegger stated. “The more it is tempered, the stronger it becomes.”