In a seven-minute video posted to Schwarzenegger’s Twitter account, the actor and former governor of California compared Wednesday’s events to 1938’s Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, which marked the rise of Nazi Germany.
“I grew up in Austria. 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,” Schwarzenegger said. “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.”
“Now, I’ve never shared this so 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 said. “I didn’t hold him totally responsible because our neighbor was doing the same thing to his family, and so was the next neighbor over.”
Schwarzenegger said that his experience growing up in Europe has shown him “firsthand how things can spin out of control.” He then denounced Trump, saying that 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,” Schwarzenegger continued. “President Trump is a failed leader. He will go down in history as the worst president ever. The good thing is he will soon be as irrelevant as an old tweet.”
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 10, 2021