Robert De Niro says 'criminal' Trump will stop at nothing to win: 'Another four years, we're into Fascism’
Robert De Niro thinks that if President Donald Trump wins re-election in November, the country will fall "into fascism." During an interview with Yahoo Entertainment released on Thursday, September 24, the Hollywood great called Trump a “criminal who will stop at nothing” to win. “We have to win it. Everybody has to join. We have to speak out and win this fight, period. We can’t let this go further,” De Niro insisted.
The Academy Award-winning star warned that if Trump got “another four years, we’re into fascism, American-style, period." Fascism is an authoritarian form of government with a despot that holds complete power over the state.
The 'Raging Bull' star encouraged Americans to vote and said it's "unimaginable what will happen” if Trump won the election. “We have to vote him out of office and even then it’s going to be a problem. This guy is something we don’t understand, and a lot of people don’t understand. His logic, his mindset, it’s scary,” De Niro said. According to him, if the president managed to beat Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, the country would experience "irreparable damage." “In some ways now there’s irreparable damage, because the world looks at us like we’re crazy, allowing this crazy person and administration and enablers [to lead],” De Niro said.
That said, the 'Goodfellas' actor did not spare Trump's supporters either and called them a "cult." “They don’t care what this person does, but they will care when they are directly affected by his behavior and the behavior of his enablers,” De Niro said.
According to The Sun, De Niro's interview was recorded before Trump was asked if he would ensure a "peaceful transfer of power" come November. Trump said “we're going to have to see what happens” and suggested there would be no concern about fraud or a peaceful transfer of power if states got “rid of” the unsolicited mailing of ballots. “You’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer frankly,” he said. “There’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control, you know it, and you know, who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.”
Trump had voiced a similar position during a July interview. “I have to see. Look... I have to see,” Trump told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.” Nonetheless, the Biden campaign responded on September 23: “The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”
De Niro, during his interview, also showered praise on late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling her “a great American, period." The 'Taxi Driver' star, however, opined that Ginsburg's death “only adds to the problem” and that “people like her are few and far between.” Meanwhile, Trump is set to announce his nominee for Ginsburg's seat in the Supreme Court on September 26. While Trump is expected to pick a conservative judge, he has promised it will be a female candidate.