President Donald Trump’s treacherous coup to overturn the 2020 election is “stupid, crazy, and evil,” Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote in a Tuesday editorial in The Economist.
Schwarzenegger served as California’s most recent Republican governor from 2003-2011.
“THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was my first love. I fell for this country long before I was lucky enough to live here. From the moment I was exposed to my first images of skyscrapers, huge bridges, Cadillacs, beaches, and Hollywood in grade school, I felt that I belonged here,” the 73-year-old Terminator star recalled.
“And as I learned more about the founding of America, about the vision of the founding fathers, about this land of opportunity, I fell deeper and deeper under its spell,” he continued. “By the time I was lucky enough to move here more than 50 years ago, I was obsessed. Today, I’m deeply concerned for my country. As an immigrant, as an American, and as a Republican, it is my duty to speak up.”
Schwarzenegger, a native of post-World War Two Austria, described how he grew up “in the middle of a famine,” and that as a child he was “surrounded by broken men drinking away their guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history,” referring to the Third Reich.
“They were part of a system that murdered 6 [million] Jews along with at least 5 [million] other innocent people, tortured and experimented on human beings, and started a war that caused 75 [million] deaths,” the Governator said. “Not all of them were rabid anti-Semites or Nazis. Many just went along step by step down the road toward greater and greater evil because it was the easiest path.”
Schwarzenegger warned that the seditious behavior of Trump and his band of Republican loyalists – while nowhere near on par with the Nazis – is imminently dangerous in its own right:
Claims of mass voter fraud have been rejected by court after court (59 cases were thrown out of courts including the Supreme Court), by the Department of Justice and by state election officials from both parties. There is no question about who won the presidential election and continuing this charade is stupid, crazy and evil.
Schwarzenegger blasted Trump for shaking down Brad Raffensperfer, Georgia’s secretary of state, in a mob-like bid to “find 11,780 more votes.” Trump lost the Peach State to President-Elect Joe Biden by 11,779 votes.
The now-infamous phone call was a “low point in American history. If I hadn’t already given Mr. Raffensperger a Democracy Action Hero award last month – which my institute at the University of Southern California hands out to recognize officials who protect American values – I’d be scrambling to honor him now,” said Schwarzenegger. “He is a true hero for standing up to this un-American bullsh*t.”
He then compared the January 6th congressional certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory a “Judgement Day” for Republicans who choose Trump over the Constitution:
For those in my party considering standing up against the voters on January 6th, know this: our grandchildren will know your names only as the villains who fought against the great American experiment and the will of the voters. You will live in infamy.
Citing John F. Kennedy’s book, Profiles in Courage, Schwarzenegger said that “we will need a sequel to that book called “Profiles in Cowardice,” about the leaders who chose party over country, conspiracy over democracy, and one man over 81 [million] voters.”
He also referenced George Washington’s farewell address, which resonates like a prophecy today:
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
Schwarzenegger urged “members of my party to step back from the partisan battlefield and accept the results of the election,” stressing that “we must never put our party above the great American experiment. We must never forget that we are Americans first. We must never forget that any power our politicians have comes from the voters, and they have spoken.”
In closing, Schwarzenegger shared a prayer: “God bless this country and every American brave enough to stand up for it. God help those of you willing to throw it all away.”
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