Robert De Niro recognizes a gangster when he sees one.
But he can also weed out the authentic gangsters from the phonies. After all, he’s made a career out of convincing generations of moviegoers that he’s a member of the mob with films like Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995) and The Godfather franchise (1972-1990).
Lately, the celebrated actor had added another line to his resume by portraying Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Saturday Night Live, a role De Niro referred to as his “civic duty.”
On Friday, the vocal Trump critic castigated the president as he’s always done on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
— dcons23 (@dcons23) April 20, 2019
When the late show host suggested the actor should give the Liar-In-Chief a chance, De Niro said:
“You’re right. That’s what I said when he was elected. I said ‘give him a chance.’ I give everyone the benefit of a doubt. This guy has proven himself to be a total loser.”
Robert De Niro just said, on Stephen Colbert that trump is a loser. I love it!
— Bridget Simonds (@bridgetsimonds0) April 20, 2019
— Miriam Gaon (@sounhip) April 20, 2019
Fans agreed with De Niro’s description of the president.
LMAO! The president of the United States is a "total loser." True description. The world is laughing.
— Monica Fraker (@FrakerMonica) April 20, 2019
He ain't lying
— # trump is all 7 deadly sins (@thiafails) April 20, 2019
Sounds like an accurate assessment to me.
— Cheryl (@cheryl_brooks) April 21, 2019
De Niro is collaborating with director Martin Scorsese for their ninth project, The Irishman, which is a return to the gangster genre and will stream on Netflix following a theatrical release later this year.
The Irishman is easily the must see film of 2019.
— Dan Buffa (@buffa82) February 25, 2019
While on the subject of gangster films, Colbert asked why there was such an appeal for the genre today, and De Niro gave a logical explanation.
“People like the outlaw thing, except you have a ‘wannabe’ gangster in the White House now.”
“Even gangsters have morals and they have ethics and a code. And when you give somebody your word, it’s all you have, especially in that world. This guy, he doesn’t even know what that means.”
Happy Easter, Robert De Niro crucifying Don the Con tonight on Stephen Colbert. Love these two. You can see the disgust in Mr De Niro’s face when he speaks of DJT. So with him.
— Micki Vruno (@00micki) April 20, 2019
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Wannabe because no senior ganster wears full body make up and glued on hair. Once middle age, they own how they have aged and dare someone to comment. Or so I have heard.
— Colette's Logic (@Colettemai) April 20, 2019
De Niro’s candid honesty was appreciated.
Thanks to him for his honesty! More celebrities need to speak up!
Our Country is in danger of losing its democratic powers!
— carmela mcmartin-rod (@mujerpescado) April 20, 2019
Robert De Niro had Trump's number from the get-go. He was one of the few brave enough to tell it like it is. Others, thankfully, have followed. And, btw, Trump is not a wannabe anything. He's the real deal, a corrupt conman and a soulless mobster. pic.twitter.com/B7hn54iUo2
— R. Stephen Browning (@BrowningStephen) April 20, 2019
New Yorkers tried to warn us about the corrupt real-estate mogul.
Fellow NYers can vouch for that. We tried to tell the rest of you.
— Coretta (@MizCoretta) April 21, 2019
That’s exactly what he is.
Except he’s not limited to terrorizing a neighborhood in Brooklyn, he’s terrorizing the entire country!
— Patti #StopTheHate #Resist (@pfarouche) April 21, 2019
The entire interview wasn’t without moments of levity.
De Niro is known for being a man of a few words while on talk shows, so Colbert exploited the awkwardness with a challenge to keep the peace for a whole minute.
They filled the silence by eating sundaes, resulting in a generous serving of whipped cream from the can directly into their mouths.
You can watch Robert De Niro on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in the YouTube clip below.