(ConservativeSense.com) – Arnold Schwarzenegger is doubling down on his comparison between January 6th, 2021, and Kristallnacht – a night in the 1930s when Nazis burned down Jewish businesses in Germany. He first made the association in 2021 when he condemned Donald Trump and blamed him for the incident on Capitol Hill. He reiterated his point in a recent interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace.
The actor and former Republican Governor of California said the comparison could be made because, in both situations, people were lied to and “misled.” He added that Americans are being misled today and democracy is similarly threatened.
Kristallnacht is the German term given to two nights of violent disorder that took place throughout Germany on November 9th and 10th, 1938. Nazis attacked Jewish-owned businesses, synagogues, schools, and cemeteries. Dozens of Jews were killed and tens of thousands were deported to Nazi death camps – kickstarting the Holocaust that would claim the lives of millions. Nobody was held accountable or arrested for participating in the violence.
By contrast, more than 1,000 people were arrested in the wake of January 6th, there were no direct fatalities, nor was there any violence aimed at a particular religious or ethnic group. Nonetheless, Schwarzenegger maintains that the comparison is fair.
Gustav Schwarzenegger, the film star’s father, was an active Nazi in his native Austria. He served as a military policeman and was assigned to posts in Poland, France, Belgium, Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia. When the war ended, the elder Schwarzenegger returned and became violent toward his wife and children. The movie star stated that he does not blame his father because he was so damaged and traumatized by the war.
“It all started with lies. President Trump sought to overturn the results of an election and of a fair election. He sought a coup by misleading people with lies,” he said. In his conclusion, he stated that having grown up in Europe, he knows where such lies lead.
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