JOE Biden has shared a video of Arnold Schwarzengger comparing the MAGA rioters who stormed Capitol Hill to Nazis who attacked Jews in his native Austria.
In an emotion speech, retweeted by the President-elect, the former actor and governor of California also blasted Donald Trump as a failed leader who “will go down in history as the worst president ever”.
Trump has been widely accused of inciting his fanatical followers after hundreds of them broke into the Capitol in a bid to stop lawmakers confirming Joe Biden as President-elect.
Austrian-born Schwarzenegger said in a seven and a half minutes video released on social media, the riot was America’s ‘Day of Broken Glass’.
In 1938, Nazis in Germany and Austria vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses during an attack that became known as Kristallnacht or ‘the Night of Broken Glass’.
“Wednesday was the Night of Broken Glass right here in the United States,” he said.
“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.”
Despite being a fellow Republican, Schwarzenegger has been a long-time critic of Trump.
He called the President failed leader and said he took solace that Trump’s presidency was coming to an end and “would soon be as irrelevant as an old tweet.”
“President Trump sought to overturn the results of the election — and of a fair election. He sought a coup by misleading people with lies.”
Schwarzenegger also compared the far-right Proud Boys – whose leaders were arrested in the nation’s capital, before and after Wednesday’s riots – to the Nazis.
He called for national unity and vowed his support for President-elect Joe Biden after the mobs caused a temporary suspension of the electoral count.
Five people died, including a Capitol police officer, and scores of rioters have been arrested and many more are being sought after the attack.
“And to those who think they can overturn the United States Constitution, know this: You will never win,” Schwarzenegger said.
“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.”
During the video, Schwarzenegger likened American democracy to the sword he brandished in his early role as “Conan the Barbarian,” which he said only grows stronger when it is tempered.
Schwarzenegger, best known for his movie role as the Terminator, was elected as California’s governor in 2003 during a special recall election and was later elected to a full term.
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