Robert De Niro: Trump Allies 'Should Be Afraid’ When President 'Leaves Office'
Actor makes veiled threat against president's supporters during interview
Actor Robert De Niro made a veiled threat against President Donald Trump's allies, warning them they "should be afraid" once he is "no longer in office."
The Joker actor, who has continually attacked Trump throughout his presidency, weighed in on the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.
During a remote appearance on ABC’s “The View," Ana Navarro began by noting that Trump has refused to concede the presidential race, despite ongoing lawsuits and recounts taking place in various states.
“Why are so many Republicans still kissing the ring, among other things?” she asked De Niro.
“I’m — I don’t know what — what logic to use except they’re just afraid because — but they should be afraid of what’s going to happen later when he’s not around," De Niro said.
"And they’re going to try to crawl back, the ones that would have the gall to try to crawl back."
“It’s going to be — it’s going to be interesting to see,” De Niro added.
De Niro said he believed Trump would go to any lengths to “pardon himself” if he thought that was necessary.
“He’ll pardon himself,” De Niro continued.
"He’ll pardon everyone around him, who he can, who is going to be possibly prosecuted and/or convicted, and then some."
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“We all know what would happen," the Hollywood star continued.
"It’s the end of this country, period."
"I’m not being overdramatic.”
“I think it affects everybody.
"It affects all the people, the base that support him, and they’ll learn how it trickles down to them, and, you know, I just don’t"
"I have no — I can’t comprehend what’s going on with this person,” he concluded.
De Niro also took aim at Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani for going from taking on the mafia to 'representing a mob family'.
"He's the one who was prosecuting under the RICO act, the way I understand it," De Niro said.
"And now he's representing a mob family. It's crazy.
"I don't know what happened to him. I feel bad for him."
Last year, De Niro said he couldn't "wait to see him in jail," while calling Trump a "gangster."
“We have a real, immediate problem in that we have a gangster president who thinks he can do anything he wants … the problem is, if he actually gets away with it, then we all have a problem."
“The gall of the people around him who actually defend him, these Republicans, is appalling, and we must do something about it,” he added.