Robert De Niro, frequent critic of Trump, says: ‘thank God we’re out of this’

Tim Balk, New York Daily News
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Robert De Niro, a frequent antagonist of President Trump, said in an interview aired Monday that he found comfort in the commander-in-chief’s loss to Joe Biden but was “confounded” by the reality star’s path through the White House.

“Thank God we’re out of this — we’re going to be into other things, but with Biden, he’s going to bring us into calm waters," De Niro, 77, said in appearance on MSNBC.

In the interview, the New York-born actor likened the bond between Trump and U.S. voters to an “abusive relationship” and said that the President has employed a dictatorial playbook that echoes historical figures such as Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

“I was so angry and so enraged and confounded that he would actually behave the way he did and that people bought it,” De Niro told MSNBC. “Now I see many, many, many, many people in the country feel this way. I’m sad about other people who don’t. They’ve accepted him and would have voted for him and have voted for him — I don’t know why.”

More than 71 million people voted for Trump as he sought reelection this year, the second-most ballots ever cast for a presidential candidate in U.S. history. But with the vote tally ongoing, Biden has hauled in more than 76 million votes.

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