Arnold Schwarzenegger said President Donald Trump will be recognized as the most exceedingly awful President in US history and encouraged Americans to offer their help to President-elect Joe Biden
"We need to heal, together, from the drama of what has just happened," Schwarzenegger said in a seven-and-a-half minute video posted on Twitter. "We need to heal, not as Republicans or as Democrats, but as Americans."
Schwarzenegger drew on his childhood in Austria in the wake of World War II, warning of the threat posed by repeated lies and intolerance.
He compared Wednesday's riot at the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob to Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, the rampage of violence by the Nazi regime against Jewish communities, synagogues and businesses in Germany and Austria in 1938.
Schwarzenegger drew on his childhood in Austria within the wake of World War II, warning of the menace posed by repeated lies and intolerance.
He in contrast Wednesday’s riot on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob to Kristallnacht, often known as the Night of Broken Glass, the rampage of violence by the Nazi regime towards Jewish communities, synagogues and companies in Germany and Austria in 1938.
“Wednesday was the day of broken glass right here in the United States,” he stated, referring to damaged home windows within the Capitol constructing. But the mob additionally “shattered the ideas we took for granted” and “trampled the very principles on which our country was founded,” he stated.
Schwarzenegger stated he grew up in Austria round “broken men drinking away the guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history.” They weren’t all “rabid anti-Semites or Nazis,” he stated. “Many just went along, step-by-step, down the road.”
He shared a story of his personal father, who was a member of the Nazi Party throughout World War II.
“I’ve never shared this publicly because it is a painful memory, but my father would come home drunk once or twice a week, and he would scream and hit us and scare my mother,” Schwarzenegger stated.
Men like his father had been in each “physical pain from the shrapnel in their bodies and in emotional pain from what they saw or did.”