There was really no good reason for CNN’s Brian Stelter to invite Hollywood actor Robert De Niro onto his program, other than the vague hope that he might pop a rating at 11:30 on a Sunday morning. De Niro has nothing of worth to say about politics, but because he’s made his antipathy towards Donald Trump abundantly obvious, Stelter decided that it was essential that they give the “Taxi Driver” icon the opportunity to come on and spew his usual vulgar bile about the president, Republicans, Fox News, and conservative Americans. Stelter appeared surprised when De Niro sunk to “f*ck ‘em” levels of obscenity on the airwaves, but he probably shouldn’t have been. The actor has little else to contribute to our national political discourse.
“We’ve been trying to book you for a while,” Stelter gushed. “And then, all of a sudden this week, we have an impeachment inquiry. And I’m even more curious for your sense of what’s going on. You’ve calling for the President to be impeached. Are you satisfied with what the Democrats are doing?”
“Yeah, I think they have but no choice but to have an impeachment inquiry. It has to happen. I mean, there’s no way around it,” De Niro said, giving no indication that he has any particular idea what’s going on with the Ukraine scandal.
“It has to happen,” Stelter dutifully agreed. “Do you think the President should resign? Because this morning in the Connecticut Post, which is one of the biggest papers in the state of Connecticut, I believe this is the first major paper to call for him to step down. That would be quite a dramatic development.”
“I don’t think he’s capable of resigning. Bill Maher, a couple of weeks ago, said it’s going to be difficult getting him out of the White House especially if he wins marginally — if he loses marginally,” De Niro said, intentionally provoking fears of a national crisis. “He’ll say it’s rigged, this or that. This guy has done everything possible, much worse than I ever thought ever. The day after he was elected I said, give him a chance. You never know. He is worse than I ever could have imagined.”
Stelter then asked exactly what we would ask: “And what is at the heart of that? What is the primary critique or complaint or objection?”
And then De Niro gave just the answer we would have expected: “I don’t know.”
He expounded: “I think he’s crazy in a way. Part of him is just crazy. Ruddy who was just on, apologizing for him is disgraceful. I mean, if it wasn’t for you, CNN, MSNBC and some other outlets, The New York Times, The Washington Post, I mean, where are we? This is a crazy world. What is going on? This guy is crazy. We’ve got to get him out.”
Yeah, if it wasn’t for every single major news outlet in the country, who would ever tell us that Trump is bad?
After a bit of meaningless back-and-forth about the merits of De Niro’s allegations that Trump is “crazy,” Stelter theorized that the folks over at Fox News wouldn’t be happy about it.
“F*ck ‘em,” De Niro said. “F*ck ‘em.”
“We are in a moment in our lives — in this country where this guy is like a gangster,” De Niro explained. “He’s come along and he’s said things, done things we say over and over again. This is terrible. We’re in a terrible situation. We’re in a terrible situation and this guy just keeps going on and on and on without being stopped.”
Um, okay. Sure.
Look, nothing can ever take away from the fact that Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors of his generation, but talent in one area doesn’t make you an expert in another. It doesn’t even necessarily mean you’re all that smart. And from what we’ve seen of De Niro’s career as a political commentator, he’s a rung or two below “not all that smart.”
Why are most of these Hollywood libs also such angry lowlifes?