Robert DeNiro: Donald Trump is ‘totally nuts’, like Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle


I always forget that Robert DeNiro is a big Democrat. It does seem like he would be one of those actors to go the Clint Eastwood route and yell about all of the youngsters ruining everything by… not being so racist. Or whatever. But Robert DeNiro has always been a really liberal guy – he’s always been a big Democratic Party supporter, he’s always been ahead of the curve on LGBT rights and he’s always been outspoken about his support of more liberal/progressive policies. Back in 2005, he even said that he thought (at the time) that our next two presidents should be Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And he’s a party guy too – even with DeNiro’s questionable stance on vaccines, he’s not throwing his support behind fellow Anti-Vaxxer Jill Stein. DeNiro endorsed Hillary Clinton back in May and he’s still #ImWithHer-ing.

So DeNiro attended the Sarajevo Film Festival on Friday because they were doing a retrospective for the 40th anniversary of Taxi Driver, and because he received the festival’s lifetime achievement award. During the Q&A session, DeNiro was asked about the rise of Donald Trump, and DeNiro has some stuff to say:

Robert De Niro says Donald Trump is like the main character of the legendary 1976 movie “Taxi Driver,” the mentally disturbed Travis Bickle.

“What he has been saying is totally crazy, ridiculous, stuff that shouldn’t be even … he is totally nuts,” De Niro said during a question and answer session at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

When the moderator asked De Niro to elaborate on Bickle’s mental illness, the first thing that seemed to have crossed the actor’s mind was the Republican candidate.

“One of the things to me was just the irony at the end, he (Bickle) is back driving a cab, celebrated, which is kind of relevant in some way today too. People like Donald Trump who shouldn’t be where he is so … God help us,” De Niro said. Sarajevans responded with a frantic applause.

De Niro says the media had given too much attention, saying: “But I think now they are really starting to push back, the media … finally they are starting to say, ‘come on Donald, this is ridiculous, this is nuts, this is insane.’”

[From The Guardian & the NYT]

I don’t have a problem with what DeNiro said. Does anyone else? Donald Trump often comes across as unhinged, ridiculous and Travis Bickle-esque. I think DeNiro’s comparison is apt too – Bickle is a particular kind of “anti-hero” to certain kinds of people. People who are angry for no real reason, people who blame “Mexicans” for all of their problems, people who hate “the system,” those are the ones voting for Donald Trump. That’s the celebration – they’re celebrating anger, nihilism, hatred and anarchy.



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  1. Snazzy says:

    I’m quite embarrassed, but I have still never seen that movie. I should probably move my a** and do so. Otherwise, I totally agree, Trump is nuts. But even if he is completely certifiable, I am still petrified that he’ll get voted into the White House.

    • Tiffany says:

      It is very, very disturbing and very, very good. It is a classic and I do not throw that word around about movies.

      Edit: This story was picked up by Gawker and one of the commenters said Trump was more like Rupert Punkin. I thought that was accurate as well. If you have not seen The King of Comedy, please do as that is a great one.

      • Hazel says:

        That’s Rupert Pupkin. Saw that movie in the theater my first year of college. That movie scared the crap out of us (Taxi Driver, not The King of Comedy, although that was great & creepy, too.)

    • Luca76 says:

      I haven’t seen it either I’m sure I’d like it but it’s a bit hard to get into the mood for certain movies that are going to f** with your head.

    • nicole says:

      I love Taxi Driver, have seen it dozens of times, hard film to watch in parts, but it has great acting and I love the whole New york 70s vibe that it brings, it was also directed by Martin Scorsese who I think is a brilliant director. I love Robert De Niro anyway, and love him more for what he said on Trump, good for him.

      • nicole says:

        Tiffany, I agree Trump is kind of like across between Rupert Pupkin and Travis Bickle, love The King of Comedy too, another great DeNiro/ Scorsese collaberation, they dont make films like that anymore.

      • Hazel says:

        Harvey Keitel was in Taxi Driver as well. He’s also terrific at playing scarey/creepy.

  2. Jenns says:

    I read in the WSJ how Republicans are giving him until Labor Day to get his act together, which is hilarious because 1. That’s not going to happen 2. Even is by some miracle it did happen, that doesn’t erase all the awful things he’s said so far.

    On another note, here is Sassy Donald Trump, done by Peter Serafinowicz, and it’s my new favorite thing.

    • Luca76 says:

      The Republicans are basically in desperation mode. They are panicking because Trump is in trouble in stronghold states like Indiana, Georgia, or Utah. However many of the seats are so gerrymandered they risk alienating their racist constituents by denouncing Trump. Paul Ryan, John McCain go through verbal gymnastics to both endorse Trump while distancing from each singular outrage.

  3. JustCrimmles says:

    Drumpf should really go from “Make America Great Again,” to “I’ve at Least Shown You Who You Should Avoid.”

    • Bluebelle says:

      I agree with you. Also that last quote by Kaiser was golden. “They’re celebrating anger, nihilism, hatred and anarchy”. YAAAAS. #dumptrump

  4. lizzie says:

    all of his public relationships have been with black women and he has black children so while he might go full “get off my lawn” he would likely never go the racist route. i totally agree with him here on trump. it is insane.

  5. Sam says:

    The only difference I can think of is that Bickle, while really messed up and ill and violent, did have kind of a decent compass. He was upset by corruption, abuse, etc. He was genuinely screwed up, but the viewer can identify with his grievances and desire to try to change it, even if he’s wrong.

    Trump, I genuinely believe, doesn’t really actually care about America or the people. He cares solely for himself. As much as I might dislike many Republican views, I do not doubt that many of them genuinely think they are helping (they’re not, usually, but that’s neither here nor there). But Trump…I really think he cares solely for himself, advancing himself, etc.

    • Kristen820 says:

      This! Cheeto Mussolini (my new favorite nickname for him, stolen from another CB commentator) is the definition of a narcisstic megalomaniac…

  6. Locke Lamora says:

    Sarajevo is the best place to see how electing a right wing nut job can have catastrophic consequences.

  7. Laura says:

    DeNiro speaks the truth!

  8. Brittney B. says:

    This is a refreshing palate cleanser after Clint Eastwood’s latest interview.

  9. Mark says:

    The more liberal hollywood insult Donald Trump, the more support he gets. Mr. Trump will consider Mr. Deniro’s insult as a compliment.