Robert De Niro Compares Trump Election To 9/11

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Robert De Niro just compared the election of president-elect Donald Trump to the terrorist attack that killed close to 3,000 people on 9/11.

He made the comments in an interview for the Awards Chatter podcast show with the Hollywood Reporter Sunday. (RELATED: Robert De Niro On Donald Trump: ‘I’d Like To Punch Him In The Face’)

Actor Robert De Niro, recipient of the Hollywood Comedy Award' for 'The Comedian', speaks onstage during the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards on November 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

De Niro was talking about the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, which he co-founded with Jane Rosenthal in 2002 as part of a revitalization project after 9/11. (RELATED: Robert De Niro Doubles Down On His Attacks Against Donald Trump)

“I was living down there and I saw it out my window,” De Niro said of the attacks in New York. “The neighborhood was really depressed and down, and we thought this might be the time to do something like this.”

“I feel like I did after 9/11,” he added, referring to Trump’s victory. “And we’ll just see what happens.”

Before the election the actor said he would “like to punch him [Trump] in the face.”

“He’s an embarrassment to this country,” De Niro said. “It makes me so angry that this country has gotten to this point that this fool, this bozo, has wound up where he has. He talks how he wants to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face. This is somebody that we want for president? I don’t think so. What I care about is the direction of this country, and what I’m very, very worried about is that it might go in the wrong direction with someone like Donald Trump.”

The actor has since bemoaned the fact that he can’t punch Trump now that he has won the presidency.

Katie Jerkovich

Contributor

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