Actor and producer Robert De Niro just became the latest celebrity to speak out against disgraced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after he went off on a rant about the nominee being “totally nuts.”
After a long string of inflammatory comments which include attacking a Gold Star family, disrespecting veterans after a supporter handed him a Purple Heart medal, calling for the assassination of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and claiming that the former Secretary of State and President Barack Obama were the “founders” of ISIS, many of us could agree that Trump is batsh*t INSANE and unworthy of the presidency. And these things just happened within the last few weeks – this isn’t even counting the numerous horrible things Trump has said about Mexican immigrants, Muslims, women and people with disabilities.
Addressing Trump’s comments, De Niro spoke to a Sarajevo audience while presenting a digital version of one of his films, Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Filling the Sarajevo National Theater with applause, De Niro said what most of us have been thinking every step of the way:
I don’t know, it’s crazy that people like Donald Trump …, he shouldn’t even be where he is, so God help us. What he’s been saying is really totally crazy, ridiculous … he is totally nuts.
De Niro tried to find a silver lining in all of this, noting that although the media has given Trump a lot of attention for his erratic antics, people are finally starting to put pressure on Trump to either get his act together or end his campaign. De Niro added:
But I think now they are really starting to push back, the media … finally they are starting to say: Come on Donald, this is ridiculous, this is nuts, this is insane.
The famous actor even compared Trump’s unstable character to the personality he played in “Taxi Driver” – the mentally disturbed Travis Bickle. De Niro noted that at the end of “Taxi Driver,” Bickle returns to being a cab driver, suggesting that Trump should just stick to being a businessman (even though he’s not very good at that, either.)
De Niro said:
One of the things to me was just the irony at the end, he (Bickle) is back driving a cab, celebrated, which is kind of relevant in some way today, too.
You can watch De Niro speak out about Trump in the clip below:
De Niro’s comments echo sentiments of well-known and respected actors like Johnny Depp and Will Smith, who have both condemned Trump’s comments and character. A few months ago, Depp brought attention to the absurdity of the way Trump speaks and attacks people when he said:
There’s something created about him in the sense of bullydom, but what he is, I believe, is a brat…And also the absurdity of where his sentences might travel.
Smith himself attacked Trump’s disrespectful comments about women and urged America to choose a leader that was more “level headed.”
The importance of leaders is that they have to be level headed, they have to be calm, because when people get scared, they lose their morality and that reptile mind takes over. It’s the type of thing that you see in all forms of nature, but our leaders can’t be that.
The more people that speak out against this imbecile, the better off America will be in November.
Featured image via Wikimedia Commons and Gage Skidmore