Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger compared the mob that raided the Capitol to the Nazis and said Donald Trump is a failed leader who “will go down in history as the worst president ever.”
In a video posted on social media on Sunday, the Republican declared that “Wednesday was the Night of Broken Glass right here in America.” In 1938, Nazis in Germany and Austria destroyed Jewish homes, schools, and businesses in an attack that became known as Kristallnacht.
“The broken glass was that of the windows of the United States Capitol. But the mob not only smashed the Capitol windows, they smashed the ideas we take for granted, ”he said. “They trampled on the very principles on which our country was founded.”
Schwarzenegger, who was born in Austria, compared the Proud Boys – a far-right American group – to the Nazis. Some leaders of the Proud Boys were arrested in the nation’s capital, both before and after the riots on Wednesday.
The actor also said that Trump is a failed leader and was pleased that his presidency is coming to an end, noting that it will soon be “as irrelevant as an old tweet.”
He called for national unity and expressed his support for President-elect Joe Biden.
A mob of Trump supporters forced their way into the federal Capitol on Wednesday, forcing the Electoral College’s vote count to be temporarily suspended. Later the legislators returned to the premises and certified the results.
Five people were killed, including a Capitol cop. Large numbers of the agitators have been arrested and many more are wanted.
“And to those who think they can override the United States Constitution, know this: They will never do it,” said Schwarzenegger.
During the video, which lasts more than seven and a half minutes, Schwarzenegger compared American democracy to the sword he wielded in his role as “Conan the Barbarian,” which he said becomes more powerful when tempered.
Schwarzenegger, best known for his role on the film series Terminator, was elected Governor of California in 2003 during a special recall election. He subsequently won the elections for a full term.
“I believe, despite how impressed we are by the events of the last few days, that we will come out stronger because now we understand what can be lost,” he added, adding that those behind Wednesday’s riots – and those who fostered – will be held accountable.