Robert De Niro is ridiculing Donald Trump by comparing his coronavirus pandemic response to that of a “crazy relative.”
The award-winning actor was on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” where he said Trump’s failure to listen to experts has driven the virus, leading to more than two million COVID-19 cases, to date.
“This whole thing could have been avoided if Trump had listened to the people in the intelligence community,” the actor and outspoken critic of Trump said. “They kept telling him something was coming. What scares me is that people just were afraid to tell him the truth. If you tell him the truth then he’s gonna get mad at you and he’s gonna let you go, and then what?”
He continued: “It’s crazy. It’s like telling a crazy relative. You avoid arguing with them because they’re gonna go crazy – but they run the country! There’s no choice. Your allegiance is to the country, not to him. There’s the insanity of it all. The chaos is from when it started to where we are now.
“It might have been worse than we had hoped but never where we are now,” he said of the virus.
With now more than 115,000 COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S., De Niro said it’s “absurd.”
“It’s beyond absurd,” he added. “It’s theatre of the absurd. Stop it.”
Addressing the racial injustice protests happening in the United States, De Niro spoke about what it was like raising his six biracial kids.
“My children are all half Black and I don’t have, even me, I take certain things for granted,” De Niro admitted, referring to white privilege. “When people say that they tell their kids, ‘Keep your hands [out] when you’re stopped by any cops, keep your hands on the steering wheel, don’t make a sudden move, don’t put your hands below, don’t do this,’ you understand that.”
“That’s scary. That has to change,” he added.
“Anybody who hurts another person for no reason other than self-defense or the defense of other people around shouldn’t be doing that job,” he said about police brutality.
De Niro is father to Drena, 48, Raphael, 44, with his ex-wife Diahnne Abbott. Twins Julian and Aaron, 24, with his ex- Toukie Smith and Elliot, 22, and Helen, 8, with his ex-wife Grace Hightower.
De Niro also spoke about how his Tribeca Film Festival is helping drive-in movie theatres make a comeback amid the pandemic. Watch below.