Actor Robert De Niro has not had a problem showing his outward disdain for Mr. Trump since he was elected. He has referred to Trump as a “gangster president” and has said he “can’t wait” to see him jailed.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, he was asked if he would ever want to portray Trump in a movie, to which he responded:
‘(Trump) is a person who, to me, has no morals, no ethics, no sense of right and wrong, is a dirty player.
‘I wouldn’t want to play him. He’s such an awful person. There’s nothing redeemable about him, and I never say that about any character.’
Although De Niro has portrayed characters that don’t set positive examples in movies such as “The Irishman” and “Taxi Driver,” he said:
‘Trump has people who follow him who are crazy and want to do crazy things. What we’re doing in film, it’s like a dream. We know it’s not real. There are people who will take anything to be real and that we have no control over.’
He went on to say:
‘The president is supposed to set an example of trying to do the right thing. Not be a nasty little bitch. Because that’s what he is. He’s a petulant little punk. There’s not one thing that I see in him or his family, not any redeeming qualities. They’re out on the take. It’s like a gangster family.’
De Niro also said that he has trouble finding any redemptive qualities in Trump.
‘There’s not one moment that Trump said: “I’m sorry. I realize I’ve done something that I shouldn’t have done.” He has not one speck of redeemability in him. He’s not owed one speck of redeemability.’
De Niro has even gone so far as to compare Americans living with Trump as their president to living in an abusive household. On Colbert in November, he said:
‘It’s like a pall around certain things. It’s like living in an abusive household. You feel you don’t know what’s going to happen next, what crazy thing is going to happen next, what’s going to make you say what the hell’s going on?’
Trump faces an imminent impeachment vote by the House next week, which will likely lead to a trial in the Senate which holds a Republican majority. In regards to a trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said:
‘Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this to the extent that we can.’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) issued a reminder though:
‘If articles of impeachment are sent to the Senate, every single senator will take an oath to render “impartial justice.” Making sure the Senate conducts a fair and honest trial that allows all the facts to come out is paramount.’
The president continues to insist that he has done nothing wrong, and DeNiro is correct in saying that there is nothing redeemable about the man.
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