An emotional video of former Republican California Governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger strongly condemning the deadly U.S. Capitol riots has garnered more than 24 million views on Twitter.
In the nearly eight minute clip, shared to Twitter on Sunday, Schwarzenegger compared the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Congress building in Washington D.C. to Nazis. “I grew up in Austria. I am very aware of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass,” he said “It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys.”
“Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States,” Schwarzenegger continued. “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 ideals we took for granted.”
“They did not just break down the doors of the building that housed American democracy. They trampled the very principles on which our country was founded. I grew up in the ruins of a country that suffered the loss of its democracy,” he said.
“I was born in 1947, two years after the second World War. Growing up, I was surrounded by broken men drinking away their guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history. Not all of them were rabbit anti-semites or Nazis, many just went along, step-by-step, down the road.”
As of Sunday evening, the video had garnered 24.3 million views, over 870,000 likes and more than 330,000 retweets.
Schwarzenegger also blamed President Donald Trump for the attack on the Capitol, saying he “sought a coup by misleading people with lies.”
“President Trump is a failed leader,” he said. “He will go down in history as the worst president ever.”
His remarks came days after crowds of Trump supporters flocked to Washington D.C. on Wednesday to demand President-elect Joe Biden‘s election win be overturned. Amid the protests, a violent mob unlawfully stormed the Capitol as lawmakers convened to certifying the election results.
The rioters climbed and destroyed barricades surrounding the building and entered the premise, making it as far as the House Chambers. Five people died in the attack, including a police officer.
A slew of public figures quickly praised Schwarzenegger for his powerful statement.
Former CIA Director John Brennan tweeted, “Powerful & poignant. A sobering message that all Americans should applaud.”
“I’ve often found that immigrants better appreciate the greatness of America than many born here. This @Schwarzenegger message proves that again,” tweeted MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.
Newsweek reached out to the Republican National Committee for comment. This story will be updated with any response.
Video of Arnold Schwarzenegger Comparing Capitol Mob to Nazis Viewed Over 24 Million Times The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Newsweek.