In another attempt by the left to paint any political opposition as a threat to the nation’s democratic principles, Hollywood icon Robert De Niro issued a warning to the nation, expressing deep concern about the possibility of former President Trump’s return to power.
Speaking remotely at the “Stop Trump Summit” in New York, De Niro urged the audience to engage in respectful dialogue with Trump’s supporters. However, his speech took a sharp turn when he bad-mouthed the same group and said they had already turned their backs on democracy.
Organized by The New Republic, a left-leaning publication, the “Stop Trump Summit” served as a platform for De Niro to voice his hatred of Trump as he branded the former president as “evil,” asserting that democracy itself hangs in the balance if he were to be reelected.
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“I’ve spent a lot of time studying bad men. I’ve examined their characteristics, their mannerisms, the utter banality of their cruelty. Yet there’s something different about Donald Trump. When I look at him, I don’t see a bad man. Truly. I see an evil one,” he stated.
The actor drew parallels to his encounters with gangsters, noting that even criminals often possess some semblance of a moral code. In his view, Trump lacked such ethical boundaries. “Donald Trump does not,” he emphasized. “He’s a wannabe tough guy with no morals or ethics, no sense of right and wrong, and no regard for anyone but himself.”
De Niro went as far as labeling the 45th president a “fool.” However, he acknowledged Trump’s power and urged fellow critics not to underestimate him. He warned against dismissive mockery, emphasizing that evil could thrive in such an environment. “Evil thrives in the shadow of dismissive mockery, which is why we must take the danger of Donald Trump very seriously,’ he stated.
“This is our last chance. Democracy won’t survive the return of a wannabe dictator, and it won’t overcome evil if we are divided,” he added.
De Niro and Trump have not had a friendly history as the actor has called him “a fake president” amid other shots.
The former president had his own choice words for De Niro back in 2018, dubbing him a “very low IQ individual” affected by “many shots to the head by real boxers in movies.”