Governor Schwarzenegger's Message Following this Week's Attack on the Capitol - YouTube
This is my message to my fellow Americans and my friends around the world after January 6, 2021.

Arnold Schwarzenegger called Republicans 'spineless' in a video comparing the attack on the US Capitol to the rise of Nazi Germany
  • Former California GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday called members of the Republican Party "spineless" following the siege of the US Capitol last week.
  • In a lengthy video posted on Twitter, the actor and politician compared the insurrection in Washington, DC, to the rise of Nazi Germany, blasting Republicans who enabled Trump's baseless claims about the 2020 election.
  • Schwarzenegger also opened up about the abuse he faced as a child by his father and compared US Democracy to the sword from this 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian."
In a lengthy video shared to Twitter on Sunday, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and former GOP governor of California, condemned members of his own party as "spineless" and compared the insurrection on the US Capitol last week to the rise of Nazism in Germany.

"I grew up in Austria very aware of Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass," Schwarzenegger, 73, said. "It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys."

Kristallnacht occurred in November 1938 and involved the killing of approximately 100 Jewish people and the destruction of Jewish businesses, synagogues, schools, and homes.

The Proud Boys are an extremist "fraternity" classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group has been associated with acts of violence in recent years, as Insider's Rachel E. Greenspan previously reported. The group denies it is a white supremacist organization, though experts have said its ideologies align with white supremacy.

"Wednesday was the day of broken glass right here in the United States," said Schwarzenegger, who served as California governor from 2003 to 2011. "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."

... Schwarzenegger called Trump a "failed leader" and said that the president would be remembered as the worst American president in history.


"President Trump sought to overturn the results of an election," he said, referring to Trump's monthslong refusal to concede the race and his failed attempts to overturn his loss. "And of a fair election. 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."

... "We need public servants that serve something larger than their own power or their own party," he said. "We need public servants who will serve higher ideals — the ideals in which this country was founded."