Robert De Niro's Strong Words On Trumps Handling Of The Pandemic

Martin Scorsese's right-hand man Robert De Niro had a few words about President Trump's lack of action during the global COVID-19 pandemic in an interview with Jimmy Fallon.

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On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Robert De Niro said "This whole thing could have been avoided if Trump had listened to the people in the intelligence community. 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?"

The politically active Goodfellas star was very concerned that Trump's carelessness could be seen as a direct reason why the US has the most COVID-19 deaths in the world, now passing 115,000. "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."

De Niro angrily demanded that "It's beyond absurd. It's theatre of the absurd. Stop it." 

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When addressing the racial crisis and protests in the US, Robert said he was aware of his white privilege compared to his 6 biracial children saying "My children are all half Black and I don't have, even me, I take certain things for granted. 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."

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And when speaking about police brutality, De Niro told Jimmy "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."

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