Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has compared the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump to Nazi violence against Jews in a video he has posted on Twitter.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican Party member and long-time critic of Trump, likened the siege at the U.S. Capitol last week to “Kristallnacht”, or the Night of Broken Glass, when Jewish-owned businesses and institutions were destroyed by the Nazis in 1938 in Germany. Dozens were killed in the incident.
“They did not just break down the doors of the building that housed American democracy," Schwarzenegger said in a video that was posted to his official Twitter account on Sunday. "They trampled the very principles on which our country was founded."
My message to my fellow Americans and friends around the world following this week's attack on the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/blOy35LWJ5
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 10, 2021
Schwarzenegger said that Trump will be remembered as a failed leader who “will go down in history as the worst president ever.”
Schwarzenegger said that he took solace that Trump’s presidency was coming to an end and “would soon be as irrelevant as an old tweet.”
He called for national unity and vowed his support for President-elect Joe Biden.
Schwarzenegger, best known for his movie role as the Terminator, was elected governor in 2003 of the country’s most populous state.
During the video, Schwarzenegger likened American democracy to the sword he brandished in his movies.