In a fiery video which has already made the internet rounds and amassed tens of millions of views, former California governor and Austrian-born Hollywood superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger likened las week’s attack on the United States Capitol to the events of the Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany. Many have approved his message, including Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. This comparison, while well-intentioned, is a dangerous one to make.

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So what exactly was Kristallnacht, or “the night of broken glass?” Named after the broken glass which littered the streets, it was series of widespread and violent pogroms against Jews across all of Nazi…

James Kilgore

Kilgore is a media critic in Los Angeles

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