Robert De Niro

Religion, politics, and ideas ofRobert De Niro

Criticizes Trump

Democrat

Political Affiliation

Criticizes Trump

13 May 2020

In an interview with BBC, when asked if Trump's base would vote for him again, Robert De Niro said

No, he doesn’t care for those people. The people who he pretends to care about are the people he has the most disdain for, because he couldn’t care less about them.

Criticizes Trump

29 Sep 2019

In an interview at CNN, Robert De Niro said

This guy should not be president, period. [...] We are in a moment in our lives in this country where this guy is like a gangster. 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, and this guy just keeps going on and on and on without being stopped.

Criticizes Trump

20 Apr 2019

In an interview on The Late Show, Robert De Niro said

That’s what I said right after he was elected, give him a chance, I give everybody the benefit of the doubt, this guy has proven himself to be a total loser. [...] We have a gangster, a wannabe gangster in the White House now.

Criticizes Trump

Democrat

6 Jan 2019

In an interview with The Guardian, Robert De Niro said

I’m older now and I’m just upset about what’s going on. When you see someone like [Trump] becoming president, I thought, well, OK, let’s see what he does – maybe he’ll change. But he just got worse. It showed me that he is a real racist. I thought maybe as a New Yorker he understands the diversity in the city but he’s as bad as I thought he was before – and much worse. It’s a shame. It’s a bad thing in this country. [...] If he had his way, we’d wind up in a very bad state in this country. I mean, the way I understand it, they laughed at Hitler. They all look funny. Hitler looked funny, Mussolini looked funny and other dictators and despots look funny. What bothers me is that there will be people in the future who see him as an example and they’ll be affected in some way, but they’ll be a lot smarter and have many more colours to their personality and be more mercurial and become someone with the same values as he has but able to get much further and do more damage as a despot. That’s my worry. There are people who look up to him: ‘I want to be like him.’ But they’ll do it much better and they’ll be more smart about it. [...] He’s a con artist. He’s a huckster. He’s a scam artist. And what bothers me is that people don’t see that. I think that The Apprentice had a lot to do with that, which I never saw but once, maybe. It’s all smoke and mirrors, it’s all bullshit. [...] He’s not even evil, he’s mundane. [...] The things that Trump has done; if Obama had done one fiftieth, they’d be all over him. That’s why I feel that Democrats have to be more aggressive. You’ve got to stand up, you can’t be so gentlemanly all the time because you’ve just got to say: ‘Sorry, I’m nice to a point, then I’ve got to push back.
Summary

De Niro was raised by a former Catholic and an atheist and his grandparents had him secretly baptized into the Catholic Church. He now seems to be agnostic at least, perhaps even atheist.

De Niro is a long-time, devoted supporter of the Democratic Party.

Editorial

Robert De Niro was born and raised in Manhattan, New York.

De Niro's father was raised a Catholic, but when little Robbie was two years old, his father announced that he was gay and his parents got a divorce. His mother was raised Presbyterian but quickly confirmed that she was an atheist upon adulthood. De Niro's parents did not want him baptized into the Catholic Church, but during their divorce, he stayed with his devoutly Catholic grandparents who had him baptized in secret.[1] It's safe to say that if De Niro is anything, he's a Catholic, but he doesn't seem to practice and he doesn't want to talk about it.

De Niro is a private man. He doesn't like to be interviewed and on the rare occasions that he does grant an interview, reporters are given a list of off-limit topics, which includes religion, politics, his family, or wine (which he apparently loves).[2]

Still, De Niro has played a disproportionate amount of Catholic characters in his movies, likely due to his association with devout Catholic director Martin Scorsese. De Niro once even played a Catholic priest in the film The Mission, which was hailed by Catholics as an honest and complimentary portrayal of a man of the cloth. But he didn't want to play Jesus in Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, saying:

Last Temptation, was something I was never interested in doing. But I did tell [Scorsese], 'If you really have a problem, if you really want to do it, and you need me, I'll do it. If you're against the wall and have no other way, I'll do it as a friend.[3]

Eventually, Scorsese got Willem Dafoe to play Christ, but it did bring up questions as to De Niro's true feelings about religion. Does he possibly find it objectionable. He did once say:

If there is a God he has a lot to answer for.[4]

So it's reasonable to assume that first, De Niro questions the existence of God and second, he questions the omni-benevolence of God. I'm going to call him an agnostic, though he might be full-blown atheist.

Is there an Italian Party?

De Niro has been granted honorary Italian citizenship,[5] so his loyalties don't only lie in U.S. politics. Though he's not known to get involved in Italian or EU politics.

He has been known to get heavily involved in U.S. politics, however, and when he does it is only for the Democratic Party. In his lifetime, De Niro has donated over $70,000 to the Democratic Party.[6] But that's not all. De Niro campaigns for his favorite candidates. He's officially endorsed Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004, and Obama in 2008. During the Clinton "Monicagate" scandal, De Niro even lobbied Congress to not impeach the president.[7]

In 2008, De Niro spoke at an Obama rally, saying:

I've never made a speech like this at a political event before. So, what am I doing here? Finally, one person has inspired me. Guess who.[8]

Obama, that's who!

Still an Obama supporter in 2012, De Niro got himself into a little hot water and was called a racist by Republican presidential candidates–particularly Newt Gingrich–when he said at an Obama fundraiser:

Callista Gingrich, Karen Santorum, Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?[9]

Can someone tell me what that even means?

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