Thousands Unfollow Arnold Schwarzenegger After Controversial Instagram Post | 22 Words

It seems that people really aren't happy with Arnold Schwarzenegger after his controversial Instagram post regarding the Capitol riots last week.

 

How's he going to get out of this one?

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Schwarzenegger made a shocking comparison between the Capitol riots last week to Kristallnacht, a violent Nazi riot that took place in Germany in 1938, and it's certainly cost him a few thousand followers on Instagram. Here's the full story...

Now, Austrian-born Schwarzenegger immigrated to the United States in 1968...

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And first rose to fame through the 1977 documentary, Pumping Iron, which chronicled the tale of Schwarzenegger's defense of his Mr. Olympia crown.

The soon to be actor used went on to use his bodybuilding as a springboard for his Hollywood career.

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Schwarzenegger soon turned to the movies, in particular, those of Reg Park, a bodybuilder, and star in B-level Hercules movies, for inspiration for what would later become a hugely successful movie career.

After being at the top of his bodybuilding A-game, it was only a matter of time before he moved over to the big screen.

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And he got off to a strong start - after a few small parts, Schwarzenegger received a Golden Globe Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in 1976's Stay Hungry. He went on to become a leading figure in several smash-hit '80s action flicks, including Conan the Barbarian (1982) and its sequel, Conan the Destroyer (1984).

But, of course...

Schwarzenegger is known best for his role in the popular The Terminator franchise. The movies are a huge international success and have seen the star reprise his role for several sequels.

However, in 2003, we saw Schwarzenegger make a very different career move...

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The star threw his hat into the California governor's race and ended up winning a seat in a special election.

The newly elected Republican governor promised to bring economic stability to the state.

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"If they don't have the guts, I call them 'girlie-men,'" he said of Democrats, early in his first term. "They should go back to the table and fix the budget."

Even though he left office in 2011...

Schwarzenegger has remained fairly involved with politics and is often seen sharing his opinion and giving advice to the current leadership.

And the actor hasn't been afraid to call out our current president, Donald Trump, in the last 4 years...

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But it seems that Schwarzenegger finally lost his tether with the president following the shocking scenes at the Capitol last week.

A mob of Trump supporters started a riot in Washington D.C on Wednesday last week following Congress certifying Joe Biden's win...

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And it didn't take long for the riot to turn violent, with thousands of supporters crashing into the Capitol and vandalizing and looting the historical building.

A total of 5 people have died as a result of the riots...

And while this was all happening, President Trump was simply tweeting about how "proud he was" of his supporters and how they should "fight" to win America back. This soon resulted in Trump being suspended from all social media platforms.

This was history in the making...

And millions were saddened to see what has become of our country.

Political figures and celebrities instantly took to social media to share their thoughts on the horrific scenes...

And it didn't take long for Schwarzenegger to share his opinion on the matter.

The former governor posted a lengthy video on his Instagram to deliver a message to his fellow Americans...

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But while discussing the Capitol riots, he made a rather controversial comparison that really didn't sit well with a lot of his fans.

Looking directly into the camera, Schwarzenegger began by drawing a comparison between Kristallnacht - also known as the "Night of Broken Glass" - to the riots last week.

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For some context, Kristallnacht was a violent riot held by the Nazis in Germany against Jewish people just before the second world war in 1938. Jewish owned shops and homes were looted and destroyed, and Jewish people were ruthlessly beaten and killed in the streets, all while the authorities allowed it to happen.

"I'm very aware of Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass."

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"It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the equivalent of the Proud Boys," Schwarzenegger then said. "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."

The actor then spoke from experience, recalling his time as a youth growing up in Austria - having been born only 2 years after the Second World War in 1947.

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"I grew up in the ruins of a country that suffered the loss of its democracy. Growing up, I was surrounded by broken men drinking away their guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history," he said.

Not all the men, Schwarzenegger said, were "rabid anti-Semites or Nazis" but became complicit "step-by-step" over time.

"They were the people next door," he said - like the lawyers, police officers, and state representatives who were present at Wednesday’s riot.

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As a child, Schwarzenegger said he saw the effect the war and crimes committed by the Nazis had on the people around him - including his own father, who "would come home drunk once or twice a week, and he would scream and hit us and scare my mother."

Schwarzenegger's words were incredibly touching...

And there's no denying that his comparisons resonated with last week's events... But so many people didn't appreciate it in the slightest.

This actually resulted in the actor losing a few thousand followers on social media.

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Shocking, we know.

You can listen to Schwarzenegger's speech here:

What do you think? Do you think the actor's speech made a fair point or do you think he went too far? For more, read on to see what Melania Trump had to say about the riots last week...