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Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares Heartfelt Video In Response To Capitol Attack

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Despite so many Republicans wanting to move on from the attack on the Capitol and pretend it was simply a few extremists who got out of hand due to their love and dedication to the United States and President Trump, a few have come out to not only strongly condemn the attack, but acknowledge that there have to be consequences in order for the nation to heal and move forward.

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Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the latter group of Republicans, and made a plea to American citizens over the weekend to take what happened seriously.

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"I grew up in the ruins of a country that suffered the loss of its democracy,” said the actor, who immigrated to the United States from Austria."

"Growing up, I was surrounded by broken men drinking away the guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history. Not all of them were rabid anti-Semites or Nazis. Many just went along, step-by-step, down the road. They were the people next door."

He stressed how he’s “seen firsthand how things can spin out of control” — starting with “lies, and lies, and lies, and intolerance” — and doesn’t want to see that happen in the U.S. 

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While he doesn’t go so far as to compare what’s happened in America to Nazi Germany, Schwarzenegger does warn that “we must be aware of the dire consequences of selfishness and cynicism.”

"President Trump sought to overturn the results of an election — and of a fair election," he said. "He sought a coup by misleading people with lies…and I know where such lies lead."

The former governor chastened Republican officials who stood by Trump through all of this, calling them complicit in the attack on the Capitol, and ultimately called for elected representatives who have “a public servant’s heart” that will encourage them to serve “higher ideals” rather than their own personal ambition.

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Unfortunately, the responses to Schwarzenegger’s touching and heartfelt video emphasize just how divided the country remains.

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“[Schwarzenegger] just called half the country Nazi,” @danny_ashman wrongly interpreted in a comment that’s gained almost 5,000 likes. “Great display of tolerance and unity from him.”

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Many others applauded Schwarzenegger for taking the time to address his fellow Republicans, and for seeing that the events at the Capital have to be thoroughly condemned.

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Will other Republican politicians join him in his call for consequences? Or will they continue being enablers when it suits their goals and pathetically attempt to distance themselves when it stops? The world is waiting to see what America does, and we can only hope Schwarzenegger is setting the bar for what should be expected of the GOP responding to this direct attack on democracy.