“If he was smart, he’d be even more dangerous,” the two-time Oscar winner told Deadline. “He’s dangerous as it is.”
He also suggested that Trump’s days may be numbered.
“He’s terrible, and a flat-out blatant racist and doubling down on that, and it’s good that he does because he’s going to sink himself,” De Niro said.
“It should be a kind of theme in some way — however, you know, balanced it could be so we’re not making it all about that,” he said. “But at this point, we’re at a crisis in this country with this fool, who never should have gotten into the position that he’s in.”
Since the upcoming Emmy Awards will be hosted by Stephen Colbert, who has risen to the top of the ratings with his nightly Trump jokes on the “Late Show,” there’s a chance De Niro’s wish will come true.
De Niro has been one of Hollywood’s harshest Trump critics, last year saying he’d like to punch him in the face.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the title of De Niro’s HBO series about Madoff. It is “The Wizard of Lies,” not “King of Lies.”