Was Robert De Niro’s anti-Trump video rant made a few months back another Oscar worthy, tough guy performance?
In early October the Raging Bull actor told viewers that he would “like to punch him [Donald Trump in the face.”
In the video, De Niro calld the then Presidential candidate “blatantly stupid,” “a punk” and a “bulls–t artist.”
Now it’s President-elect Trump, and De Niro is walking back his video statement opting to strike a more diplomatic tone.
When asked by ITK on Tuesday what message he would want to share with Donald Trump, De Niro said…
“I would only say that we’re all hoping, waiting and hoping, that he will lead the country in a way that’ll benefit everyone and benefit our neighbors around the world.”
“We’re waiting and hoping, and we’ll see.”
The Hill reports on Robert De Niro’s epic backtrack, from his previous tough talking video…
ITK caught up with the 73-year-old Academy Award winner, one of several icons to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Tuesday. The award is the country’s highest civilian honor.
De Niro has previously called Trump “blatantly stupid,” a “pig” and a “bullshit artist.” He said Tuesday his “punch” comment – made in a video released last month – was “more symbolic.”
“After he said the things that he said, anybody would want to punch him in the face,” De Niro told reporters. “Many people told me, ‘You said what I’d want to say.’ It’s just unacceptable to say those things in the situations that he said them in.”
De Niro added, “Now he’s president-elect and I just want to see what he’s going to do.”