In a new interview published Wednesday, actor Robert De Niro took a swipe at the National Rifle Association (NRA) and “gun lovers,” whom he accused of harboring “idiocy to the point of absurdity.”
His comments came as he praised the Parkland shooting survivors who organized the March for Our Lives last month.
“They’re the future. They know. They say, ‘We’ll remember in November,'” De Niro said, referring to the upcoming midterm elections.
“They’re the ones that feel the way we do, not the way the gun lovers and the NRA do, with all that idiocy to the point of absurdity,” he said, according to IndieWire.
De Niro is no stranger to political controversy. He previously called President Donald Trump “so blatantly stupid.” “He’s a punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con … he’s an idiot,” he said before declaring that he’d like to punch Trump in the face.
Watch De Niro’s comments below:
Trump, however, recently found support in show business with the advent of ABC’s “Roseanne” revival. The show, which took a pro-Trump angle, picked up 25 million viewers after getting a record number of viewers in the three days following its premiere.
When asked about “Roseanne’s” success, De Niro said he had “no interest in that.”
“I don’t care about Roseanne. They want that thing, fine. We have real issues in this country,” he said.
He suggested that “Roseanne” didn’t focus on real issues like, he said, so many people leaving the Trump administration:
“We’re at a point with all of us this where it’s beyond trying to see another person’s point of view. There are ways you can talk about that, but we’re at a point where the things that are happening in our country are so bad and it comes from Trump. There are so many people who have left his administration. It’s a serious thing.”