Robert De Niro, who once said he’d like to “punch” President Donald Trump in the face, has now called the president a “blatant racist” in a new interview.
The actor told Deadline that Trump is “dangerous” and should not “have gotten into the position that he’s in.”
“He’s dangerous as it is. He’s terrible, and a flat-out blatant racist and doubling down on that, and it’s good that he does because he’s going to sink himself,” De Niro said.
The 74-year-old Hollywood mainstay said he’d like to see his fellow actors call out Trump at next month’s Emmy Awards.
“Even at the Emmys, it should be a kind of theme in some way,” he said, adding there should be some balance so the show isn’t all about Trump.
“But at this point, we’re at a crisis in this country with this fool, who never should have gotten into the position that he’s in.”
The “War with Grandpa” star has gone back and forth when it comes to Trump. He first slammed the then-presidential candidate a month before the election last fall, calling him a “pig” and a “bulls*** artist.”
In the video, De Niro also said, “I’d like to punch him in the face.”
However, he seemed to have softened his stance on Trump after the election, saying, “I would only say that we’re all hoping, waiting and hoping, that he will lead the country in a way that’ll benefit everyone and benefit our neighbors around the world.”
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