Robert De Niro delivers stark warning to Republicans, saying "we won't forget" and that "justice will be served"
Actor Robert De Niro appeared as Robert Mueller for a skit on 'Saturday Night Live' (SNL) about the Mueller report and Attorney General William Barr. De Niro, asked about the skit and his motive behind taking up the role, answered, "I consider it my civic duty to do that part — just to be there because [Mueller] doesn't say much, but he doesn’t have to. It's that simple."
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, De Niro further explained, "I might even be happier the day that Mueller puts him in handcuffs, takes him in an orange jumpsuit and puts him away for a long time." The actor was then asked if people can expect more such skits from him in the run-up to 2020 elections and the actor confirmed that if Mueller testified in front of the Congress, there could be more skits in the future.
The skit stressed on how Mueller submitted a report that was 400-pages long, which was "barred" by Barr, who released only a four-page address that summarized that Mueller did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign, in signature 'SNL' style. In the interview, De Niro also made his personal opinion clear about the whole process and said, "It's pathetic. You know that's interesting. That Democrats are trying to do the right thing and say, 'We're waiting for justice to come,' and then it doesn’t come. Or it will come in a way, Mueller presented it in a way that's up to us and Congress to make, come up with the results, but now it’s being barred by Barr. And that's to be seen now what Congress will do and how effective they're going to be."
He added: "But I think there's going to be a lot of mass demonstrations, a lot of protests if this is not resolved. We have to know what went on. We have to know. The handwriting's on the wall. These people are all crooks; they’re doing it before our very eyes. Trump obstructed justice all the time, first by firing Comey and all the other things and saying it on NBC with Lester Holt, I mean, what are we talking about? It’s right before our eyes. Justice has to be served."
De Niro also spoke about how he doesn't what has happened to the country. He explained, "To me and to many of us, Mueller represented justice. And he still does. He’s been muted by Barr and what’s going on and by Republicans. I don’t know what’s happened in this country with the Republicans. I mean, the Republicans with Nixon didn’t do this, but these Republicans are. And we’re not gonna forget about them, because when later on, years to come, long after Trump is gone, there are gonna be writers, as soon as any of these characters come out, emerge, in some way, they’re gonna remind us of all the things that these Republicans did during the time of Trump."
This is not the first time De Niro has voiced out against Trump. In 2018, at the Tony Awards, De Niro held the mic and said, "I’m gonna say one thing: F*** Trump," and added, "It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,' it’s 'F*** Trump!'" The President too shared his opinion about the actor when he called De Niro "a very low IQ individual."