‘It’s F****** Scary,’ De Niro Compares Trump To Hitler On MSNBC

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For some reason, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle decided to interview actor Robert De Niro on the Thursday edition of The 11th Hour. On multiple occasions, De Niro would compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and himself and his compatriots to Jews in Nazi Germany, claiming “it’s [bleep] scary.”

Ruhle wondered, “What do you say to those who say, ‘I don’t like the guy, but I’m going to vote for him.’ What’s your message to them?” De Niro claimed that “I don’t understand it. I don’t think they understand how dangerous it will be if he ever, God forbid, becomes president.”

He further claimed, “I don’t think they really understand and historically, from what I see, even in Nazi Germany, they had it with Hitler. They don’t take him seriously. He looks like a clown, acts like a clown, Mussolini, same thing. These guys, I don’t know why they look like clowns, they somehow, people, that element of society identifies in some ways with them, but it would be chaos beyond our imagination. There’s no mystery about him. He’s right out front and what he says is what it will be if he becomes president.”

Ruhle’s underwhelming response was to ask, “Do you think our democracy is at risk in this election?”

After comparing Trump to Hitler and Mussolini, De Niro naturally thought it is, “The guy’s a monster, is beyond wrong. It’s almost like he wants to do the most horrible things that he can think of in order to get a rise out of us. I don’t know what it is, but he has been doing it and doing it and it’s [bleep] scary. Excuse my French.”

Still playing along, Ruhle inquired, “Do you have any concerns for the future of the arts if he were to become president? He already said he wants to go after his enemies, he wants to go after journalists and the news media. What about your industry?”

De Niro took a while to get to his answer before ultimately replying that there could be “civil strife because, yeah, but he will try it.”

Ruhle then wondered about other celebrities, “What do you say to other celebrities who don’t want to alienate part of their fan base, don’t want to step in harm’s way, but they have similar megaphones that you do?”

Returning to the Nazi analogy, De Niro agreed that “other people are going to have to stand up” because otherwise America is going to end up in a Hitlerian dystopia:

Because it’s either that or you’re going to find yourself in a situation that is so terrifying. We always hear about people from Eastern Europe. The Jews from other than parts of Eastern Europe, from Western Europe coming over. Look what happened in France and with the Nazis and so on. And they come over, and you hear these and when I was a kid, they would say ‘you don’t really appreciate this country. You don’t really. Well, we know from experience.’

De Niro further added, “I run into people who are close to my age, who are from Eastern Europe, European countries or even Nazi Germany and, you know, they, you understand it.”

Of all the times to compare being a liberal in Trump’s America to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, the one that involves Jews being told by hard core leftists to go back to Poland is probably not the best one.

Here is a transcript for the May 2 show:

MSNBC The 11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle

5/2/2024

11:47 PM ET

STEPHANIE RUHLE: What do you say to those who say “I don’t like the guy, but I’m going to vote for him.” What’s your message to them?

ROBERT DE NIRO: I don’t understand it. I don’t think they understand how dangerous it will be if he ever, God forbid, becomes president. I don’t think they really understand and historically, from what I see, even in Nazi Germany, they had it with Hitler. They don’t take him seriously. He looks like a clown, acts like a clown, Mussolini, same thing. These guys, I don’t know why they look like clowns, they somehow, people, that element of society identifies in some ways with them, but it would be chaos beyond our imagination. There’s no mystery about him. He’s right out front and what he says is what it will be if he becomes president.

RUHLE: Do you think our democracy is at risk in this election?

DE NIRO: I think that it is. I always keep saying, democracy is great, of course, but democracy people take for granted. It is a word some people don’t even understand. They take it for granted. It’s about right and wrong, period. The guy’s a monster, is beyond wrong. It’s almost like he wants to do the most horrible things that he can think of in order to get a rise out of us. I don’t know what it is, but he has been doing it and doing it and it’s [bleep] scary. Excuse my French.

RUHLE:  Do you have any concerns for the future of the arts if he were to become president? He already said he wants to go after his enemies, he wants to go after journalists and the news media. 

DE NIRO: Yes.

RUHLE: What about your industry?

DE NIRO: I believe he —   the only thing I can think is what will happen is that he’ll go after these things like he always —   impulsively and he’ll be stopped. There’ll be pushback, a lot of it, and there might be as much pushback as needed, like, in the streets. Conflict, that could happen. Civil strife because, yeah, but he will try it.

RUHLE: You have no upside in having this conversation. In speaking out against Donald Trump. You are making yourself a target. The interview will air and he will immediately find a reason to talk bad about you in public.

DE NIRO: Yeah.

RUHLE: — but you’re choosing to use your platform to do so. What do you say to other celebrities who don’t want to alienate part of their fan base, don’t want to step in harm’s way, but they have similar megaphones that you do?

DE NIRO: You know, the idea, to be bullied at my age by someone like this, is not happening.

RUHLE: I’m pretty sure you were never bullied.

DE NIRO: No, there was a kid sometime, but the point is not—and for the country, no, and I think other people are going to have to stand up and just—because it’s either that or you’re going to find yourself in a situation that is so terrifying. We always hear about people from Eastern Europe. The Jews from other than parts of Eastern Europe, from Western Europe coming over. Look what happened in France and with the Nazis and so on. And they come over, and you hear these and when I was a kid, they would say “you don’t really appreciate this country. You don’t really. Well, we know from experience.”

Imagine what those people went through. I’m just starting to see it. You know, as a kid, I said “Hitler, it’s a nightmare. That never would happen.” But now I see that it is possible and with those people, and sometimes I run into people who are close to my age, who are from Eastern Europe, European countries or even Nazi Germany and, you know, they, you understand it.

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