“I have no idea why they follow him because he’s not even a good gangster,” Robert De Niro, Hollywood’s make-believe mobster, said about President Donald Trump to MSNBC. “He can’t even keep his word about anything. I think in the real gangster world he wouldn’t last long.”
It’s beyond sad to see De Niro losing his mind over Donald Trump and trying to explain what he has against him, but Joy Reid of MSNBC apparently thought it would be must-watch news TV.
In reality, his appearance seemed to prove not only that the 76-year-old actor is still overflowing with hatred for the president, but also that his faculty for coherent thought is well behind him.
Reid went out of her way to help De Niro channel some Vito Corleone for the interview, albeit with some strange roundabout analogies using his most recent films “Joker” and “The Irishman” to suggest President Trump is a gangster. She asked De Niro why people would follow Trump’s “gangsterism.”
“I have to ask you because of all of the events that are happening,” she said, “the live televised hearings, you have been tough on Donald Trump. What do you think that impeachment could actually accomplish? Do you think that the American people at this point, having lived through three years almost of this guy, are actually still surprisable?”
“I think that he — if we don’t go through the impeachment inquiry, we’re letting him get away with something,” De Niro said. “He can’t get away. You just have to move forward and take our chances. I know tactically or strategically it gives him more ammunition later, but he has done something and he has to pay for that. He has to be put on notice, pay for it even if the Republicans will not finally go through with impeaching him. Everybody else has gone through the symbolic motions of it. He has to be held accountable.”
Trying again to inspire some fire out of the Trump hater, Reid referenced the actor’s new movies. “In ‘Joker,’ you play the guy who is [interviewing] the man becoming the Joker, the kind of pivotal moment where he embraces that negative identity. But he also is egged on by other people to do the same on the — chaotic things that he is doing. And in ‘The Irishman,’ this idea of Donald Trump having a ‘gangsterism’ around him, behaving like a gangster, those two things do seem to tie to him, right? Because it is curious to me why people follow him.”
Say what? Oh yeah … this is Joy Reid. Never mind.
“I’m completely — I have no idea why they follow him because he’s not even a good gangster,” replied the professional pretender. “He can’t even keep his word about anything. I think in the real gangster world he wouldn’t last long. He lasts long in his own little real estate world where he is the boss and he inherited all that money and he’s a fool. But in the real world, he wouldn’t last long. That is my feeling.”
“It is interesting because people can be afraid of him, but it isn’t clear to me why, and you ask why are you afraid, they say because he will tweet at me,” Reid said.
Oh boy. How about we go off in a whole ‘nother unfathomable tangent?
“Yeah, so what?” De Niro shrugged. “What bothers me more, what concerns me more is that someone will come along that is a lot worse than Trump. He is just obtuse. He is dumb. But when you get somebody who comes along who is smart, who knows how to work it and is more mercurial — and can be sympathetic when they need to be sympathetic, he has none of that. He has not one speck of sympathy and empathy for anything or anybody. So he is just stupid. He’s obtuse. He doesn’t know.”
“And in a way we’re lucky — in a certain way, we’re lucky,” De Niro rambled on. “Because we can see it so clearly. But as I say, I’m worried a generation, two, or three from now, this is going to happen again. And he will be a bit of a teacher of what he did wrong, this other person will feel that they can do it this way. That’s what really bothers me more.”
Reid then asked the actor guy who obviously has so much on the ball, “What do you think the country looks like after Trump?”
“We have a lot of making up to do, reparations to do with countries. Because if we don’t have a president who really can show that we’re growing up and we’re repairing sincerely the damage that has been done, personally I think somebody like Buttigieg would be capable of doing that. He’s young, but he’s got all the qualifications.”
“Even Bloomberg, I think. He’s a grown up, he’s run this city for three terms,” he added. “He is grown up and he’s an executive, he hasn’t done everything perfectly, but he is very, very good. He will get us out of this mess. Because we are in one because we owe it to the rest of the world to do the right thing and we’re not going to do it unless we can show them that we’ve got leadership not only in the next four years after 2020, but four years after that and after that.”
Before an overdue exit stage left, the actor got in another shot at Trump, saying: “He is a fake president. He calls everything else fake, because he knows he’s fake. He is a classic — I don’t know what you call it. Everything that he says negative about other things or other people is what he is saying about himself. So he is fake. He is a loser. He is a genuine loser … he is just a total huckster.”
Video by MSNBC
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