Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (D) said the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol illustrates what happens “when people are being lied to about the elections,” referencing the noteworthy video he released that compared the riots to Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, which is considered to be one of the events that led to the Holocaust.

Schwarzenegger, during an interview with CNN’s Dana BashDana BashDemocrats optimistic as social spending bill heads to Senate O'Rourke won't say if he wants Biden to campaign for him in Texas senate race Fauci says fully vaccinated families can 'absolutely' enjoy holidays inside without masks MORE for the podcast “Total Recall: California’s Political Circus,” shed light on why the former actor, who was born in Austria two years after the end of World War II, decided to compare the January attack to the 1938 antisemitic riot.

“I just felt that it was so sad of what happened on Jan. 6. Either this is so much kind of a feeling of what they were talking about when we were talking about in a Nazi time of when people were lied to all the time and what that led to,” Schwarzenegger said.


“And so this is what motivated me then to do the speech and to make that the theme of the speech,” he added.

In the video Schwarzenegger released in August, which garnered a considerable amount of attention, the governor 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," he added.

Schwarzenegger also said paramilitary members and civilians who demolished synagogues, homes and Jewish-owned businesses during Kristallnacht were "the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys."

The actor and former governor told Bash during the podcast interview that he did not mean to “call anyone a Nazi by any means,” but rather to illustrate “what happens to when people are being lied to about elections, how eventually this whole thing can go really quickly south.”

“So we went through some unbelievable times in America, and we always kind of pulled out of it,” he added.

Schwarzenegger said the Jan. 6 attack “reminded me of one of those very difficult moments again.”

A House select committee is now investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riots. The panel held its first hearing in July where four police officers delivered emotional testimony of what it was like protecting the Capitol on that day.

The committee has since sent out two batches of subpoenas that request testimony from a number of ex-aides to former President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE.

Schwarzenegger was in the headlines last month when California voters headed to vote in Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomAppeals court blocks California vaccine mandate for prison workers Apple, Nordstrom stores hit in latest smash-and-grab robberies Ted Cruz ribs Newsom over vacation in Mexico: 'Cancun is much nicer than Cabo' MORE’s (D) recall election, which he ultimately beat.

Schwarzenegger was elevated to governor after Gray Davis was recalled in 2003.