Screen icon Robert DeNiro has called US President Donald Trump a “real racist” and a “white supremacist”. It is a known fact that the two do not look eye-to-eye and the veteran actor, in a no-holds barred interview with The Guardian said that there was a time when he was willing to take a chance on the POTUS.
“I’m older now and upset about whatever is going on. When you see someone like (Trump) becoming president, I thought, well, OK, let’s see what he does, maybe he will change but the fact is that he is getting worse with each passing day. He added further, it showed me that he is a real racist. I thought maybe as a New Yorker he understands the diversity in the city but he is as bad as I thought he was before and much worse. It’s a shame and it’s a bad thing in this country.
When asked if he would call Trump a white supremacist, the Oscar winner agreed instantly. If he considers the US president a “fascist”, the Hollywood veteran said he believes it follows with the white supremacy. If he had his way then we would wind up in a very bad state in this country. I mean, the way I understand it, they laughed at Hitler. They all look funny. Hitler looked funny, Mussolini looked funny and other dictators and despots look funny.
He also added that the thing which bothers him he most is that the future generation will look up to Trump as an example and try to emulate him. They will be affected in some way or the other, but they will be a lot smarter and have many more colours to their personality and be more mercurial and become someone with the same values as he has but they will be able to get much further and do more damage as a despot. That’s my worry.
The actor said he does not want to play Trump in a film “ever”. Explaining his process, he said, “I always find the character’s point of view and I can of course find his, but I have so little sympathy for him, for what he has done, the responsibility he has been given and just thrown away. He doesn’t care about anything and that very depressing.