Arnold Schwarzenegger, an Austrian-American movie star cum politician, has tackled Donald Trump, US president, over the recent invasion of Capitol Hill by protesters.
TheCable had reported how thousands of protesters loyal to Trump invaded the Capitol Hill during the process of certifying the November 3 presidential election.
The development has continued to provoke backlash across the globe, with many calling on the US president to resign.
Weighing into the incident on Sunday, the former governor of California described Trump as a “failed leader”, adding that he would go in history as the country’s “worst president.”
My message to my fellow Americans and friends around the world following this week's attack on the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/blOy35LWJ5
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 10, 2021
Schwarzenegger also accused Trump of trying to overturn the results of the last US presidential election by staging “a coup”.
“President Trump sought to overturn the results of an election, and of a fair election. He sought a coup by misleading people with lies. My father and our neighbours were misled also with lies, and I know where such lies lead,” he said.
“President Trump is a failed leader. He will go down in history as the worst president ever. The good thing is that he will soon be as irrelevant as an old tweet.”
The politician said the invasion was a breach of the principles upon which the country’s democracy was erected.
“Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States. The broken glass was in the windows of the United States Capitol. But the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol – they shattered the ideas we took for granted,” he added.
“They did not just break down the doors of the building that housed American democracy, they trampled the very principles on which our country was founded.”
He, however, expressed optimism that the country would return stronger while enjoining Americans to support Joe Biden, the president-elect, to achieve the needed reforms.
“Now I’ve told everyone who has called that, as heartbreaking as all this is, America will come back from these dark days and shine our light once again,” he said.
“Our democracy has been tempered by wars, injustices and insurrections. I believe as shaken as we have been by results of recent days, we will now come out stronger because we now understand what can be lost.”
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