Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a video on Sunday to Americans about the recent Capitol attacks by pro-Trump supporters that killed five people including a Capitol Police officer.
Lawmakers were going to participate in a highly anticipated congressional debate over an electoral college vote as pro-Trump supporters began to breach the building. Congress continued the electoral vote count the same night and confirmed Joe Biden's victory the next morning.
Schwarzenegger spoke about being an immigrant to the U.S. and living in Austria, where Jewish people were targeted and attacked by Nazis.
"President Trump is a failed leader," he says in the video. "He will go down in history as the worst president ever."
He spoke harshly of those elected officials who enabled Trump's lies saying "I will remind them of what Teddy Roosevelt said 'Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president."
He goes on to say, "It means serving something larger than yourself. What we need right now from our elected representatives is a public servant's heart. We need public servants that serve something larger than their own power or their own party."
Schwarzenegger said he believes as shaken everyone is by recent days, "we will come out stronger because we now understand what can be lost."
"We need to hold accountable the people that brought us to this unforgivable point. And we need to look past ourselves, our parties and disagreements and put our democracy first," he says.
He also says everyone should wish President-elect Joe Biden great success as the president. "If you succeed, our nation succeeds," he says.