In a video uploaded on Twitter Sunday — which quickly drew up millions of views, and was widely circulated across various platforms — Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered a somber, but hopeful, message about the state of democracy in America.
The former governor of California, looking directly at the camera throughout the nearly eight-minute clip, began by drawing a comparison between Kristallnacht — also known as the “Night of Broken Glass” — and the Nazis who carried out the “night of rampage against the Jews” in 1938 with the riot Donald Trump incited at the Capitol and the Proud Boys, a hate group the president infamously told to “stand back and stand by.”
“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, a Republican, said. “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.”