Actor Robert De Niro had a lot to say about President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association during a recent interview, and he did not hold back.
De Niro, known for his roles in films such as Taxi Driver and Meet The Parents among a long list of films on his acting resume, is also famously a critic of Trump and his administration.
And during an interview with IndieWire, the legendary actor added more criticism to the record, including shots at Roseanne Barr and the NRA.
First, De Niro showered praise upon the Parkland students and their March For Our Lives movement that has swept the nation in support of gun control.
“The people that I care about are those young people who demonstrated,” he said. “They’re the future. They know. They say, ‘We’ll remember in November.’ They’re the ones that feel the way we do, not the way the gun lovers and the NRA do, with all that idiocy to the point of absurdity.”
Indeed, while the movement advocates for comprehensive background checks, age restrictions, improved mental health services, and restricting assault weapons, the NRA has refused to support any of those proposals, opting to back arming teachers and militarizing schools instead.
De Niro even pointed out just how much control the NRA has over our government.
“One thing that there should be is some regulation of guns,” De Niro continued. “It’s crazy how almost anyone can get access to a gun. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) can’t even do a study because the NRA stopped it. The CDC works for us! How can the NRA stop that? What kind of absurd logic is that?”
Congress, pushed by the NRA, passed the Dickey Amendment in 1996 barring the CDC from researching gun violence as a public health issue. Ever since then, the CDC has been handcuffed while the NRA runs amok advocating for making guns and gun violence more prevalent in our country, even as other nations such as the United Kingdom and Australia prove gun control reduces gun violence.
The interview then turned to the Roseanne revival and the high ratings that Trump has been bragging about.
“I’ve never seen her show before, I didn’t know she was supporting Trump, but I have no interest in that,” De Niro said. “We’re at a point with all of this where it’s beyond trying to see another person’s point of view. There are ways you can talk about that, but we’re at a point where the things that are happening in our country are so bad and it comes from Trump. There are so many people who have left his administration. It’s a serious thing. So I don’t care about Roseanne. They want that thing, fine. We have real issues in this country.”
That’s certainly true. While Trump brags about the ratings of a half-hour television program, Russia is still trying to interfere with our elections, the White House is in absolute unprecedented chaos, the national debt is ballooning while wealthy individuals and corporations get a massive tax cut, and gun violence continues to plague our nation. And that’s just a few of the many real issues our country faces.
We can add Trump’s war on immigration, American involvement in Syria, the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea, Trump wanting to rip up the Iran deal, and his threats to withdraw from NAFTA and other trade deals to the list of issues that are far more important to worry about than how well conservatives are represented in Hollywood.
And as De Niro said, it’s the Parkland students and the millions of teenagers around the country who can change the future to make sure Trump’s mess doesn’t do permanent harm to our nation. They can reverse what he has done and make gun control a reality at the same time.
All they and millions of Americans have to do is make sure they vote in November this year and in 2020 and beyond to stop Trump and Republicans in their tracks and make sure they never have power again.
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