Robert De Niro fears Trump may do the one thing that could see him get a third term in office
"I think that if he became president for a second term he’d try to have a third term, and let smarter people manipulate it into getting us into some kind of altercation: a war," the 76-year-old actor said.
Robert De Niro, one of President Donald Trump's most trenchant critics, recently said that the current POTUS could have a third term in the Oval Office if he declares war and if he manages to not get impeached.
“I’m worried because if he gets re-elected, it’s gonna be very, very bad—very bad on a lot of levels. We already have a lot of reparations, if you will—repairs—to do to the damage that he’s already done, and he has to be gotten out,” De Niro told Daily Beast in an interview.
The 'Irishman' actor has never held back when it came to taking Trump apart in the past, including calling the president a “real racist,” a “wannabe gangster” and a white supremacist. He also got up on the stage at the Tonys and said, "F*** Trump!" and stated that he wanted to “punch him in the face” during the former reality TV host’s campaign in 2016.
So it came as no surprise when he put out a way Trump could secure a third term and evade the 22nd Amendment of the US Constitution ― which limits US presidents from serving more than two terms.
“He’s going to be history at one point, though he’d love to be president for life. He jokes about it. I think that if he became president for a second term he’d try to have a third term, and let smarter people manipulate it into getting us into some kind of altercation: a war," the 76-year-old actor said.
“The only other president who served a third term was Roosevelt because he was in a war, and this fool would go and start something. This was what Marty Scorsese was saying, and I said, ‘Marty, I never thought of that. I never thought he’d go for a third term if there was a war or something,’” De Niro explained.
He added: “Trump joked about being ‘president for life’ with [Chinese president Xi Jinping] and so-on, he’ll pardon anybody, he’ll do anything. The day after he was elected, I went on a TV show and said I’d give him the benefit of the doubt and say that I hope he won’t be as bad as I think he will be, but he’s turned out to be a lot worse.”