Robert De Niro Sounds Off on ‘Terrible’ Trump: He’s a ‘Flat-Out Blatant Racist’

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s highly criticized “both sides’ response to the violence in Charlottesville, more and more people have grown comfortable calling the president a racist, pointing to Trump essentially defending the alt-right. Count Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro among those who feel that way.

During an interview with Deadline, De Niro commented on possible comparisons between Ponzi scheme con artist Bernie Madoff — De Niro portrayed the disgraced Wall Street financier in a recent HBO movie — and Trump. And he didn’t mince words:

Some critics have pointed out parallels between what Madoff was able to get away with for all those years and what is going on in the Trump administration now. Of course, De Niro has been vividly outspoken about Donald Trump during the campaign and since his election telling me that “if he was smart, he’d be even more dangerous. He’s dangerous as it is. He’s terrible, and a flat-out blatant racist and doubling down on that, and it’s good that he does because he’s going to sink himself,” he said, very much on the record indicating that the title of this movie could very well apply to the president.

The Raging Bull star has been highly critical of the president for a while now. Prior to the election, De Niro said that he wanted to punch Trump in the face, something he reiterated after the inauguration.

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