Robert De Niro has addressed about previous comments he made about wanting to punch Donald Trump in the face.
In a video message encouraging Americans to vote, De Niro described Trump as “a punk”, “a dog”, “a bozo”, “a pig”, “a con”, “a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about”, “a bullshit artist” and “an embarrassment to this country”. He went on to say: “He’s an idiot. Colin Powell said it best: he’s a national disaster… He talks how he’d like to punch people in the face… Well, I’d like to punch him in the face.”
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live after yesterday’s election result, which saw Trump beat rival Hillary Clinton to become US President, De Niro told the host that he was “not feeling good”.
Quizzed on his threats, De Niro said ruefully: “I can’t do that now. He’s the president and I have to respect that position… We have to see what he’s gonna do, and how he’s really gonna follow through on certain things. As we even see now, in a lot of cities, a lot of people are getting very upset and protesting.”
“Maybe [Obama] will [punch Trump] when he sees him,” De Niro added. Watch below.
De Niro was criticised for original Trump comments by Jon Voight, who starred alongside De Niro in 1995 film Heat. “I am so ashamed of my fellow actor Bobby DeNiro’s rant against Donald Trump,” Voight wrote on Twitter. “What foul words he used against a presidential nominee who has worked harder than any other man I know in the past year and a half to get a good message to the American people”.
Responding to the criticism, De Niro said: “Voight is a nice guy but he’s delusional. The Republican party has rationalised that his guy is sane, that this guy should be President. It’s awful, they will self-destruct”.