Former GOP Governor of California and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a message on social media wielding the sword from the movie ‘Conan the Barbarian’ that he himself starred in and charged against him storming the capitol on January 6 by supporters of the president Donald Trump, whom he has compared to Nazi Austria.
In the final part of his message, Schwarzenegger has shown the sword from the 1982 film ‘Conan the Barbarian’ as a metaphor for hope after the assault on the Capitol. “This is Conan’s sword. The more you temper a sword, the stronger it becomes. The more you hit it with a hammer and the more you heat it with fire and then temper it with water and so on. The more you do it, the stronger it becomes. (…). Our democracy is like the steel of this sword, the more you tune it, the stronger it becomes “, he has riveted.
Schwarzenegger, born in Austria, has also criticized the “lack of guts” on the part of the Republicans, who have not wanted to be contrary to Trump. In particular, Schwarzenegger has compared the Trumpists’ assault to the Night of Broken Glass, 1938, the attack by Nazi groups against Jewish businesses, synagogues and homes.
“There is broken glass in the windows of the United States Capitol, but the mob not only broke the glass of the Capitol windows, but they broke the ideas we took for granted. Not only did they break down the doors of the building that houses American democracy, but they also trampled the very principles on which our country was founded, “he denounced.
Schwarzenegger has recalled that as a child in Austria he saw broken men drinking to forget their guilt for participating in the “most evil regime” in history and has revealed that his own father drank and beat him and his mother.
“President Trump wanted to turn around the results of an election, of a fair election. I wanted to carry out a coup fooling people with lies. My father and my neighbors were also deceived with lies, “he said.
For the former governor of California, Trump is a “failed leader” that will soon be “irrelevant” and has charged the Republicans “without guts”, “accomplices of those who carried the banner of a clear insurrection to the Capitol.”
“I believe that despite the shaking of the last days, we will come out stronger because now we understand what can be lost. We need reforms, of course, so that this never happens again. We need to hold the people who have brought us to this unforgivable point to account and we need to look beyond ourselves, our party disagreements and put our democracy ahead, “he concluded.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.