Actor and director Robert De Niro says allies of Donald Trump “should be afraid of what’s going to happen” after the president leaves office.
According to the Daily Caller, De Niro’s threatening remarks came during an exchange Friday with The View co-host and “Never-Trump” Republican Ana Navarro.
Navarro had expressed puzzlement over continued support for the president among members of the GOP, asking De Niro, “Why are so many Republicans still kissing the ring, among other things?”
De Niro: “It trickles down”
De Niro, for his part, said he couldn’t find the logic in it.
“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, and they’re going to try to crawl back, the ones that would have the gall to try to crawl back,” the actor told the hosts of The View on ABC, according to the Daily Caller. “It’s going to be — it’s going to be interesting to see.”
De Niro even went so far as to suggest repercussions could ultimately “trickle down” to the some 73 million ordinary Americans who cast their ballots for the president this November.
“I think it affects everybody,” he said, as the Daily Caller reported. “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.”
Rubin: Leave no survivors
Sadly, in the age of Trump, De Niro is far from the only high-profile figure who has said the president’s supporters should face retribution. Another is Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, who told MSNBC’s AM Joy last year that “what we should be doing is shunning these people.”
“It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” she said in August 2019, according to RealClearPolitics. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party.”
Rubin added: “We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again.”
More recently, De Niro suggested Friday that Trump’s re-election would represent “the end of this country, period,” as the Daily Caller reported. But despite fearmongering from De Niro and others, that possibility is still on the table, at least in the eyes of the president.
In certain swing states, there were more votes than people who voted, and in big numbers. Does that not really matter? Stopping Poll Watchers, voting for unsuspecting people, fake ballots and so much more. Such egregious conduct. We will win!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020