Arnold Schwarzenegger compares Capitol riot to Nazi attacks and Trump presidency

Arnold Schwarzenegger has spoken out to condemn President Donald Trump, comparing this week’s Capitol riots, done in his name, to the acts of Nazi Germany.

In a seven-minute long video, the action film star and former Governor of California spoke out against Republican leader Trump, stating he will go down as ‘the worst President in history’ and urging America to become united.

In the powerful speech, Schwarzenegger compared the Capital riots to Kristallnacht – a 1938 attack known as The Night Of Broken Glass.

During Kristallnacht, Nazi populated countries and territories, including Schwarzenegger’s native Austria, were left covered in glass as Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues were targeted and vandalised.

Speaking of the events at the Capitol this weekend, Schwarzenegger stated: ‘Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States. But the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol.

‘They shattered the ideas we took for granted… [and] trampled the very principles on which our country was founded.’

‘I grew up in the ruins of a country that suffered the loss of its democracy. I was born in 1947, two years after the Second World War,’ he continued.

‘Growing up, I was surrounded by broken men drinking away their guilt for their participation in the most evil regime in history.

‘Not all of them are rabid anti-Semites or Nazis, many just went along, step by step, down the road. They were the people next door.’

Despite being a member of the Republican party himself, the actor then quoted former President Rossevelt and reminded people: ‘Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.’

Slamming President Trump in his failed bid to get the election overturned, and his insistence the voting was ‘rigged against him’, Schwarzenegger urged Trump followers to try and see sense, or suffer a repeat of history.

‘President Trump sought to overturn the results of an election, and of a fair election. He sought a coup by misleading people with lies. I found that our neighbours were misled also with lies,’ he said.

‘I know where such lies lead. President Trump is a failed leader. He will go down in history as the worst president ever. The good thing is that he soon will be as irrelevant as an old tweet.’

Bringing out the sword he used for his leading role in Conan The Barbarian, Schwarnegger ended his address by saying: ‘Here is the thing about swords – the more you temper it, the stronger it becomes.

‘Our democracy is like the steel of a sword. It has been tempered by wars, injustices and insurrections.

‘I believe as shaken as we are by events in recent days, we will come out stronger because we now understand what can be lost.’

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