Robert De Niro Slams Trump, Compares Him to Hitler and Mussolini

Robert De Niro compares Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, warning of the dangers of Trump's potential return to the White House. De Niro has a history of criticizing Trump, having made similar comparisons in 2019 and using strong language to condemn the former president.

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Robert De Niro Slams Trump, Compares Him to Hitler and Mussolini

Robert De Niro Slams Trump, Compares Him to Hitler and Mussolini

In a scathing critique of former US President Donald Trump, actor Robert De Niro has drawn comparisons between Trump and notorious World War II dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. During a recent appearance on MSNBC's "The 11th Hour" with Stephanie Ruhle, the 80-year-old Oscar winner expressed grave concerns about the potential consequences of Trump returning to the White House.

Why this matters: De Niro's warnings about Trump's potential return to power highlight the ongoing concerns about the erosion of democratic norms and the rise of authoritarianism in the United States. As the 2024 presidential election approaches, such comparisons serve as a reminder of the importance of protecting democratic institutions and promoting civic engagement.

De Niro minced no words in his assessment of Trump, labeling him a "stupid bully," a "sick person," a "narcissistic," and a "monster." "I don't think they understand how dangerous it will be if he ever, God forbid, becomes president," De Niro warned, referring to Trump's supporters. "I don't think they really understand."

The actor drew parallels between Trump's rise to power and that of Hitler and Mussolini, suggesting that people underestimated the threat posed by these dictators initially, just as they are doing with Trump. "Historically, from what I see, even in Nazi Germany, they had it with Hitler. They don't take him seriously. 'He looks like a clown. Acts like a clown.' Mussolini. Same thing," De Niro remarked.

This is not the first time De Niro has criticized Trump. In 2019, he compared Trump to Hitler in an interview with the Guardian. Last month, he launched into a foul-mouthed rant about the former president on Bill Maher's talk show, calling him a "mean, nasty, hateful person" and accusing his supporters of wanting "to f**k with people."

De Niro's outspoken criticism of Trump dates back to the 2016 presidential campaign. In 2018, he famously exclaimed "f**k Trump" twice on stage at the Tony Awards, receiving a standing ovation. More recently, in November 2023, he claimed on stage at theGotham Awardsthat he had originally planned to include several cutting remarks about Trump in his speech, but it was ultimately cut down.

As the 2024 presidential election approaches, with Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee running against President Joe Biden, De Niro's warnings about the potential dangers of another Trump presidency have taken on renewed urgency. The actor has expressed his support for Biden,calling himthe "right guy" for the job. However, De Niro's provocative comparisons between Trump and some of history's most notorious dictators are sure to spark heated debate and controversy in an alreadypolarized political landscape.

Key Takeaways

  • Robert De Niro compares Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
  • De Niro warns of the dangers of Trump's potential return to the White House.
  • He labels Trump a "stupid bully," "sick person," "narcissistic," and "monster."
  • De Niro draws parallels between Trump's rise and that of Hitler and Mussolini.
  • He expresses support for Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election.