Arnold Schwarzenegger is making it clear that he believes President Donald Trump is responsible for the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol this week by Trump supporters who the president called ‘Patriots’ on Twitter.
The actor and former Republican governor of California posted a seven-minute video on the social media network addressing the siege of the Capitol building last week. Here’s what he has to say.
Schwarzenegger began his video by opening up about his own immigration story. The actor was born in Austria and says that he witnessed a lot of the guilt and heartbreak that former Nazi soldiers experienced following World War II.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Slams Violent Attack On U.S. Capitol, Calls Donald Trump Worst President Ever
The actor said, “I grew up in Austria, and I’m very aware of Kristallnacht, or the ‘Night of Broken Glass.’ It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys. “Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States. The broken glass was in the windows of the United States Capitol, but the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol, they shattered the ideas we took for granted. They did not just break down the doors of the building that housed American democracy. They trampled the very principles on which our country was founded.”
Schwarzenegger also got very personal in his video and said that his father used to come home drunk and abused both him and his mother.
“I did not hold him totally responsible because our neighbor was doing the same thing to his family and so was the next one over,” he said. “I heard it with my own ears and saw it with my own eyes.”
“It all started with lies, and lies, and lies and intolerance. So, being from Europe, I’ve seen firsthand how things can spin out of control,” he added.
While Schwarzenegger did not say that the U.S. was going in the same direction as Nazi Germany, he did say that the current situation could lead to a dire consequence for the country.
“President Trump tried to overturn the results of an election, and of a fair election. He sought a coup by misleading people with lies. My father and our neighbors were misled also with lies, and I know where such lies lead,” he said. “President Trump is a failed 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. But what are we to make of those elected officials who have enabled his lies and his treachery? I will remind them of what Teddy Roosevelt said: ‘Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.’”
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