"A total loser," and a "wannabe gangster." That's how Oscar winning actor De Niro categorized US President Donald Trump during an appearance in the 'Late Show with Stephen Colbert'.
De Niro has a history of taking shots at the US president, even going to the extent of saying “f*** Trump” at the Tony awards last year. Trump responded by calling the veteran actor “a very low IQ individual”.
According to Hollywood Reporter, De Niro was on the show to promote his latest outing, 'The Irishman.' De Niro is one of the most revered actors of his generation, winning two Oscars for his performances in 'The Godfather Part II' and 'Raging Bull'. He will be reuniting with Martin Scorsese for 'The Irishman', another gangster movie.
Colbert started off the proceedings by asking about his stint playing Robert Mueller on 'Saturday Night Live', and questioned why the actor called playing the special prosecutor investigating President Trump and his cronies a “civic duty.” In response, De Niro termed it as an obligation to play the part.
“I’m hoping that it goes further. I don’t know what’ll happen, but I keep saying that, I don’t know whether this is actually possible in reality, where I can handcuff him and take him away in an orange jumpsuit.”
In response to Colbert's question about what makes the audience love gangster movies, De Niro said that people like the outlaw type of movies. "People like the outlaw type thing except we have a wannabe gangster in the White House now," De Niro said, also calling the president a "dumbbell."
"Call it a certain… it’s a disappointed dunsky. A DD, a disappointment dunsky."
"Even gangsters have morals and they have ethics. They have a code and you know when you give somebody your word it's your word because it's all you have is your word. This guy he doesn't even know what that means."
According to The Guardian, the 75-year old also said that he had believed in giving Trump a chance. "That’s what I said right after he was elected. Give him a chance. I give everybody the benefit of the doubt. This guy has proven himself to be a total loser."
In addition to the jibes, the actor called Trump a “racist” and drew comparisons between him and Hitler. "If he had his way, we’d wind up in a very bad state in this country," he said. ”I mean, the way I understand it, they laughed at Hitler. They all look funny. Hitler looked funny, Mussolini looked funny and other dictators and despots look funny."