Actor Robert De Niro took shots at President Donald Trump in a new interview, calling him and his accomplices “crooks” and warned that history won’t forget “all the things that these Republicans did during the time of Trump.”
During an interview with the Hollywood Reporter at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, the actor shared his unfavorable opinions of the Trump administration. De Niro, who is a co-founder of the festival, previously stated his number one goal for 2019 would be to use the event as a platform for “whatever we can do to get Donald Trump out of office.”
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When asked in the interview what keeps him motivated to portray Robert Mueller on “Saturday Night Live,” De Niro responded that it’s his “civic duty.”
“I might even be happier the day that Mueller puts him in handcuffs, takes him in an orange jumpsuit and puts him away for a long time,” De Niro added, sharing his fantasies of Trump being arrested.
De Niro then went on to describe how he thought Attorney General William Barr‘s summary was “pathetic,” noting that Democrats are seemingly doing the right thing, but it’s not enough to oppose the Trump administration’s efforts.
“Democrats are trying to do the right thing and say, ‘We’re waiting for justice to come,’ and then it doesn’t come,” he said. “Or it will come in a way, Mueller presented it in a way that’s up to us and Congress to make, come up with the results, but now it’s being barred by Barr,” the actor added, directing the issue back to the effectivity of Congress.
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De Niro also argued that mass demonstrations and protests will eventually erupt if the report doesn’t become public, urging the American people “have to know” its full contents.
“The handwriting’s on the wall, these people are all crooks, they’re doing it before our very eyes, Trump obstructed justice all the time,” the actor proclaimed. “It’s right before our eyes, justice has to be served.”
The actor went on to denounce the moral compass of modern-day Republicans, contrasting their party’s estrangement of former President Richard Nixon to their embrace of President Donald Trump.
“I don’t know what’s happened in this country with the Republicans,” De Niro questioned.
“I mean the Republicans with Nixon didn’t do this, but these Republicans are. And we’re not going to forget about them,” he said, foreshadowing the Trump presidency could have a lasting negative impact on their party.
“Because when, later on in years to come, long after Trump is gone, there are going to be writers,” De Niro said. “As soon as any of these characters come out, emerge in some way, they’re going to remind us of all the things that these Republicans did during the time of Trump.”