by Graham Pierrepoint
Another day goes by and more names and statespeople appear to be putting their opinions across on one of the most talked-about people in 2016 – Donald Trump – following a leaked video in which the prospective US President discussed how his star power allowed him to make advances towards women. The language Trump used in addition to his sentiments have caused critical concern within both his own Republican Party and even in the right-wing press, as well as those outlets who remain impartial to proceedings. Since Friday night, it would seem, Trump’s campaign appears to have veered far off its intended track.
Many high-profile Republican statespeople, senators and figures have come forward to denounce the politician for his words – and it seems that the acting world can’t help but get involved, too. Robert De Niro – regarded by many to be one of the US’ greatest living actors, having made his name through ground-breaking cinema classics such as Taxi Driver, The Godfather and Goodfellas – made a video statement over the weekend via Vice to advise just how he felt about Trump’s comments towards women – and, to many people’s delight, he was vehemently opposed to the Republican candidate’s words.
“He is so blatantly stupid,” advises De Niro, before bluntly stating, “He talks how he’d like to punch people in the face – well I’d like to punch him in the face.” Referring to the ex-Apprentice star as a ‘bozo’ and as an ‘embarrassment’ to the US, De Niro made it abundantly clear where he stands – offering the advice that anyone wanting to ensure their future should make sure that they vote for it in November’s polls. These are strong words, and ones that are perhaps shocking coming from one of cinema’s most revered figures – thanks to the power of the internet, however, it is easier than ever for high-profile celebrities to put their points across to the wider world.
There is no denying that this latest piece of Trump history has done some damage – but after having apologized, the candidate remains steadfast that he will not be moved from the ballot sheet despite calls for the mogul to move aside in favor of another – but even if this was to occur, with no precedent having been set for the Republican Party, matters still seem rather unclear. Will Trump make it to the White House – or will he stumble on the journey?