Stephen: Arnold Schwarzenegger denounces Capitol attack, blasts Trump

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Actor and former California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released a video yesterday (January 10th) about the attack on the Capitol in which he compared the mob to the Nazis and blasted President Trump. Referring to “Kristallnacht,” which means “the Night of Broken Glass,” when Nazis in Germany and Austria vandalized Jewish homes, schools and business during a 1938 attack, Schwarzenegger said, “Wednesday was the Night 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 trampled the very principles on which our country was founded.”

Schwarzenegger, who was born and raised in post-World War Two Austria, compared the far-right extremist group Proud Boys, some of whom were at the Capitol to the Nazis. He took aim at Trump, charging that he, quote, “sought to overturn the results of the election — and of a fair election. He sought a coup by misleading people with lies.” At one point, he held up the sword he used in the movie Conan the Barbarian, saying swords only get stronger when they are tempered, and stated, “I believe, as shaken as we are about the events of recent days, we will come out stronger because we now understand what can be lost.” Schwarzenegger called for national unity and spoke in support of President-elect Biden, stating, “To those who think they can overturn the United States Constitution, know this: You will never win.”

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