Rob Reiner slams 'mentally unstable' Trump over coronavirus response, says his 'lies are killing people'
Hollywood director Rob Reiner launched yet another attack on President Donald J. Trump Wednesday, saying he's a "mentally unstable" person whose "lies are killing people."
“This Mentally Unstable Incompetent Fool has been Lying to the US for over 3 years,” Reiner wrote on Twitter without naming Trump. “But now his lies are killing people.”
One of Hollywood's most vocal Trump critics, Reiner has repeatedly slammed the president and his administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak, Breitbart reports.
“‘Everything Tump touches, dies.’ His daddy handed him 400 mil. and he pissed it all away. Casinos, University, Steaks, Airline, Water, Foundation. All dead. Now this entitled ignorant sociopath is killing US," the 'All in the Family' star tweeted on Friday, quoting anti-Trump pundit Rick Wilson.
On March 31, the filmmaker tweeted the president's "mental illness is killing people.”
He had earlier shared, “I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me if you’re the most influential person in America and you tell the public that a deadly viral pandemic is a hoax & countless citizens accept that as reality, do nothing to protect themselves then end up dead, you might be an accessory."
Prior to that, Reiner claimed Trump was "causing" the deaths of coronavirus-stricken patients in New York, which leads the country in confirmed cases and death toll.
“It’s not possible to have a worse human being handling this crisis," the celebrated filmmaker added.
While Reiner may not be a fan of the Trump administration's response to the crisis, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has commended the president for his leadership amid the strife.
At a recent press conference, Cuomo said Trump was “fully engaged on trying to help New York,” adding that "his actions demonstrate that he is doing that.”
Cuomo noted that New York state had reported its greatest single-day death toll from the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, but reassured that the number of hospitalizations had declined.
According to the governor, 731 patients had died between Monday and Tuesday, resulting in a state total of 5,500. However, Cuomo offered hope and optimism by highlighting how the numbers of new hospitalizations and intensive care patients were declining and the overall arc is “plateauing," per the report.
“Right now, we’re projecting we’re reaching a plateau in the total number of hospitalizations,” he explained, indicating that the tough social distancing policies in place were actually working.
The number of deaths is still rising because they’re “a lagging indicator to the number of hospitalizations,” Cuomo added.
That said, Reiner's Trump rants are barely a new phenomenon.
During an appearance on MSNBC in February, the 'Stand By Me' creator called the commander-in-chief a "continual liar" and advised Democratic presidential hopefuls to "punch" him in the nose.
“When you’ve got a schoolyard bully, you got to punch them in the nose, and you got to continue to punch him in the nose," he said. "I mean, you know, we can’t be, you know, liars the way he is. He is a continual liar, and if we adopt that, then we become him."
According to him, anti-Trumpers have no choice but to stand up to the former real estate mogul.
"... And when Trump invades your personal space the way he did with Hillary, you have to turn around and say get away from me, pal. Get back to your corner. You don’t belong here. Somebody has to say that to him," he added. "They have to smack him in the nose."
Reiner finally said "we have to be very tough" with Trump as he is "a liar, a racist, and he is a cheat."
"We don’t have to put on a reality show, but we have to punch him in the nose," he insisted.