Schwarzenegger compares Capitol riot to Kristallnacht
- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) compared the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week to Kristallnacht.
- Schwarzenegger, who was born in Austria two years after the end of World War II, described the paramilitary members and civilians who destroyed synagogues, private homes and Jewish-owned businesses as “the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys.”
- He said,”Wednesday was the day of broken glass right here in the United States,”
- The actor and former governor went on to describe his childhood in postwar Europe, saying, “Growing up, I was surrounded by broken men drinking away the guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history.”
- Not all of those men were committed fascists or anti-Semites, Schwarzenegger said, but “many just went along, step by step, down the road. They were the people next door.”
- Schwarzenegger went on to describe the abuse he and his mother suffered at the hands of his father, a former Brownshirt. “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,”
- he said. “Being from Europe, I’ve seen firsthand how things can spin out of control.”
- He went on to compare his father to those who stormed the Capitol as a result of the president’s unsubstantiated claims about widespread voter fraud, adding, “I know where such lies lead.”
- Schwarzenegger closed his remarks by displaying the sword he wielded in his breakout role in “Conan the Barbarian,” comparing democracy to a sword.
- “The more that it is tempered, the stronger it becomes,” he said.
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