New York – From Conan the Barbarian to the King’s Speech. In the 7-minute 36-second video message, former California governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger, unimaginatively, pulled out Conan’s steel sword and spoke to Americans. In a blunt political leader’s tone, the former Republican governor compared the attack on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to the “Night of Crystals” to the Nazi attack in the year 38 on Jews and synagogues and equated the protesters who stormed Capitol Hill to Adolf Hitler’s Congressional building for the Nazis. “The one he lived in Washington was” America’s Crystal Night, “he said in a message that went viral and garnered 14 million views. “The Nazis who carried out this attack – he said, looking directly at the camera – are like proud boys.” The reference was to the far-right group that President Donald Trump has defended several times.
At the age of seventy-three, born in Austria and then immigrated to the United States, a champion of bodybuilding, then a movie star Thanks to his roles in cult films such as “Conan the Barbarian” and “Terminator”, Schwarzenegger embarked on a political career that led him to chair committees on sports in Under the presidency of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, then Governor of California. In recent years, Swarovski, as fans amicably describe him, has embraced a series of liberal battles, from defense of the environment to war on SUVs.
With the message posted online today, the Conan actor represents a definitive detachment from a portion of his audience, made up of Conservatives and Trump. With the American flag and California flag behind him, the actor has yet to compromise in the style of Conan. And openly condemned the attack on Congress. “They not only broke the windows of Capitol Hill – as he said in his English, which was tightened with a German accent – but the ideals that we uphold. Not only did they demolish the doors of the building that housed American democracy, they trampled on the true principles on which our country was founded.”
Schwarzenegger described Trump as a “failed leader” who “will go down in history as the worst president ever,” a person who “sought a coup by deceiving people with lies”, trying to “overturn a fair election.” And he asked politicians to “look beyond their own interests,” a message that seemed to be directed at Republicans, and called to express themselves on Democrats’ demands for the immediate removal or removal of the president. In an emotional escalation, the former ruler revealed, for the first time, a painful family episode: the Nazi father. “He came home drunk once or twice a week – he said – he shouted at us and hit us.” And so, he added, other people did, all indoctrinating them with Nazi lies. The actor wanted to quote the episode to warn of the danger of negative acceptance of deadly violent doctrines.
In the end, Schwarzenegger admitted to a bit of Hollywood rhetoric and pulled out a heavy sword, which was used on the set of the movie “Conan,” using it as a parallel to American democracy, to be “forged” as an indomitable sword. “The higher the hardness, the greater its strength.” Then, with DJ Martin Garrix’s song “Poison” in the background, he sent one final message to all Americans to join him in saying, “President-elect Joe Biden, we wish you great success as our President.” And Arnold Conan warned those who think of “undermining the constitution,” they know one thing: “You never win.”
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