Robert DeNiro used an awards ceremony speech for high school students this week to go on a profane rant about President Trump, even comparing the president to Nazi leader Adolph Hitler.
Trump and Republicans in Congress have a problem telling the “truth,” DeNiro warned while addressing student recipients of the Rosemary Breslin American Writer Award in New York.
“What does the truth even mean today? I mean, if you’re Donald Trump it doesn’t mean anything. If you’re cowardly Republican enablers in Congress you don’t let the truth stand in the way of pathetically clinging to power,” he said as the audience laughed and applauded. “Our country is led by a president who believes he can make up his own truth. And we have a word for that — bullshit.”
The 72-year-old Godfather star argued Trump’s mental health makes him unfit for office.
“You might say, as have many professionals, that Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of discharging duties of the President of the United States,” he said. That he’s afflicted with a narcissistic personality disorder.”
“That he’s a congenital liar. A mean-spirited, soulless, amoral, abusive con-artist son of a bitch. Fuck Donald Trump,” he continued. “And I say this, cause I am not political, but I am now. You guys are the future.”
DeNiro, who threatened to punch Trump in the face during the 2016 election, then argued the president is no different than Adolf Hitler, whose leadership of Nazi Germany during World War II led to mass genocide that killed over 60 million people.
“We’re in a dangerous situation… with Hitler, with other despots, people didn’t take them seriously, they laughed at them,” he remarked. “And then what happened, they turned around and it was too late. We can’t let that happen in this country and you guys are the ones to do it.”
Some members of the audience continued to cheer as DeNiro slighted the president. But others were turned off.
“Inappropriate,” one woman could be heard interjecting. “What does this have to do with the kids?”