Arnold Schwarzenegger posted an intense speech on his social networks. The former California governor has turned heavy accuse a Donald Trump and commented on the riots in Washington and theassalto a Capitol Hill. Do you think Trump is a “failed leader“which brought America to a point”unforgivable“. He is also confident that soon, the 45th president of the United States will become”irrelevant“just like an old tweet, the ones he loved so much. Schwarzenegger also compared the Proud Boys, far-right movement, to the Nazis of the Crystal Night. Finally, he unveiled for the first time, a painful detail from his childhood: his father beat him and terrified his mother. Here is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s full speech.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s complete speech
As an immigrant in this country, I would like to say a few words to my fellow Americans and to the whole world about what has happened in recent days. I grew up in Austria. I am aware of the facts of the Crystal Night. It was the night when the fury against the Jews broke out in 1938 by those who were the equivalents of the Proud Boys. Crystal Night took place here in the United States on Wednesday. The broken panes were those of the windows of the Capitol. But the crowd didn’t just shatter the windows of the Capitol, they shattered the ideas we took for granted. They not only broke down the doors of the building that housed American democracy, but they trampled on the principles on which our country is founded. I grew up on the ruins of a country that has suffered the loss of democracy. I was born in 1947, two years after the Second World War. Growing up, I was surrounded by broken men who drowned in alcohol with the remorse of having participated in the worst regime in history. Not all of them were rabid anti-Semites or Nazis, many just agreed to everything step by step. They were the people next door.
I’ve never shared this publicly because it’s a painful memory, but my dad would come home drunk once or twice a week, scream, beat us and terrify my mom. I didn’t hold him completely responsible because our neighbor also did the same with his family. I could hear it with my ears and see it with my eyes. They were in physical pain from the bullet shrapnel in their bodies and in emotional pain from what they had seen and done. It all started with lies, lies, lies and intolerance. As a European, I’ve seen firsthand how things can get out of control. I know there is fear in this country and around the world, that something like this could happen here. I don’t think it can happen, but I think we should beware of the tragic consequences of selfishness and cynicism.
Arnold Schwarzenegger calls Trump a failure
President Trump tried to overturn the results of an election. He tried to make a coup by deceiving people with his lies. Even my father and his neighbors have been fooled with lies and I know where these lies have led. President Trump is a failed leader. He will be remembered by history as the worst president ever. The good thing is that it will soon be as irrelevant as an old tweet. But what are we going to do with the elected officials who have allowed his lies and his treachery? I would remind them of what Teddy Roosevelt said: “Patriotism means being close to the country, it doesn’t mean being close to the president.” John F. Kennedy wrote a book called “Portraits of Courage”. Some members of my own party, due to their absence of a backbone, could never see their name in that book, I guarantee you. They are accomplices of those who carried the banner of the insurrection on the Capitol. But it did not work. Our democracy held out. In a few hours, the Senate and the House of Representatives will be serving the people’s interests by certifying the election of President-elect Biden. What a great example of democracy. I grew up as a Catholic, went to church, went to a Catholic school, read the Bible and learned from catechism and from those days I remember a phrase that is important today: the heart of a servant. It means serving something more important than you. What we need from those who have been elected and who will represent us is a servant’s heart. We need people who are ready to serve something that is more important than their power and their own party. That we need higher ideals: the ideals on which this country is founded, the ideals that guide other countries.
The former California governor believes in democracy
In recent days, friends from all over the world have called me upset and worried about our nation. A woman burst into tears for America, wonderful tears of idealism about what America should be. Those tears should remind us of what America means to the world. I told everyone that as heartbreaking as all of this is, America will turn back from these dark days and let our light shine once more. Do you see this sword? It is Conan’s sword. The harder a sword is, the stronger it becomes. The more you hit it with a hammer and burn it in the fire, then dip it into the freezing water, the stronger it gets. Our democracy is like the steel of this sword: the more it is tempered, the stronger it becomes. Our democracy has been tempered by wars, injustices and uprisings. Although we have been shocked by what has happened in these days, we will come out stronger because now we understand what we could lose. We need to take account of the people who have brought us to this unforgivable point. We must put aside ourselves, our parties and our disagreements, to put democracy first. We need to heal together from the drama that has happened. We need to heal not just as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans.
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