Robert De Niro Says Trump is 'Dangerous', a 'Low Life' and Will 'Ruin This Country'

Published October 29th, 2019 - 12:29 GMT
Robert De Niro (Twitter)
Robert De Niro (Twitter)
Highlights
Speaking to British GQ, De Niro said he initially gave Trump 'the benefit of the doubt' when he was first elected in 2016.

Robert De Niro and has launched a fresh attack on Donald Trump, branding him 'dangerous' and a 'low-life' who is 'going to ruin this country'.

Veteran actor, De Niro also blamed fans of The Apprentice for 'creating a monster' and buying into Trump's brand.

The star of The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas and more recently The Irishman, added that he believes President Trump has 'blood on his hands' over some of the recent mass shootings in America.

Speaking to British GQ, De Niro said he initially gave Trump 'the benefit of the doubt' when he was first elected in 2016.

But De Niro, who was one of a string of high-profile Trump critics who was targeted by 'MAGA bomber' Cesar Sayoc's crudely made pipe bombs, soon turned on the president.

He branded Trump 'beyond a horrible person' and said he had blood on his hands for the crimes of his alleged followers.

The 76-year-old told GQ: 'He's beyond a horrible person. I went on television the day after he was elected and I said, ''I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt''.

'But he's worse than we ever thought he would be. He's an idiot. He's a fool. He's a buffoon. He's silly. He's tacky. He's dangerous. 

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'That stupid show The Apprentice, people bought it. They buy into it...They created a monster.' 

When asked if Trump has 'blood on his hands' over mass shootings perpetrated by killers appearing to mimic his anti-immigrant rhetoric, De Niro replied: 'Yeah. I think he does. And everyone is realizing that now, more and more. 

'It's so preposterous that the NRA has a grip on the Republicans. It's all about money. 

'They're beyond shame. Those [gunmen] are crazy people, but they're inspired by Trump and what he's allowed. 

'It's all subtle but it's all there. He's allowed it. He starts it. He encourages it.'

The spate of shootings included the killings of 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso in which the gunman posted a manifesto warning of a 'Hispanic invasion of Texas'. 

De Niro said he was a fan of the response from Beto O'Rourke, formerly the city's representative in Congress, before running to be the Democrat nominee for president in 2020. 

O'Rourke was one of a string of Democrats who blamed Trump's stance on immigration as paving the way for the massacre.  

The actor added: 'I liked [O'Rourke] saying, ''Don't come to El Paso!'' And Trump got upset. He said, ''Don't f****** come to El Paso! Don't f****** come!'' And people have to stand up and say enough is enough now.'

De Niro went on to express surprise at an apology issued by Sayoc, who mailed explosive devises that did not detonate to former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, ex-Vice President Joe Biden, CNN, The New York Times and members of Congress last August.

Sayoc, a Trump fanatic who said he believed prominent Democrats were encouraging violence, said he was 'beyond so very sorry' for his actions at his sentencing. 

De Niro said: 'Well, probably for the last time he apologized. I wonder what he'd have said if those bombs had succeeded? 

'If they were set and something did happen, to even one person, he can apologize but it would be too late. 

'But I think all this stuff with Trump and all his shenanigans and nonsense is what is setting the tone for what is going on. 

'We all know it. It's beyond a disgrace. He's a low-life. He's going to ruin this country.'

During the interview De Niro also spoke about rejoining Al Pacino and Joe Pesci on screen directed by Martin Scorsese in the Netflix production, The Irishman.

De Niro was also asked about the possibility of the mafi being behind the assassination of President John F Kennedy. 

His character in the movie, Frank Sheeran, even claimed to have handled the rifles that were given to Lee Harvey Oswald.

The actor said: 'I never used to think that there was a connection between the mob and Kennedy and the assassination. 

'But I started thinking, you know, maybe there was, maybe there was...You know, sometimes those guys like to brag, about this, about that, yada yada. 

'But Frank wasn't like that. And there are people who think it could have been more connected than we think.' 

He also discussed his memories of his father, working with Marlon Brando on The Godfather Part II and old New York.

When asked about his appearance in the TV ads for Warburton bead in Britain, De Niro said: 'I thought it was funny. I saw [Sylvester] Stallone do it and I thought at least he has a sense of humour about it and about himself 

The full feature is in the December issue of British GQ available via digital download and newsstands on Friday November 1.

This article has been adapted from its original source.    


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