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De Niro Denounces Trump As 'Racist'

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Robert De Niro criticized President Donald Trump as a racist who is creating a crisis situation in the U.S.

The 74-year-old actor made the comments in an interview with Deadline, which also focused on his nomination for an EMI award.

De Niro was critical of Trump during the election campaign, but indicated following Trump's victory that he hoped the new president would lead the country in a way that would benefit everyone.

De Niro believes Trump has not done so.

"If he was smart, he'd be even more dangerous," De Niro told Deadline. "He's dangerous as it is. 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."

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The interviewer noted that De Niro launched into an expletive-filled rant against Trump.

"We're at a crisis in this country with this fool," De Niro added later.

De Niro isn't the only actor to take aim at Trump in the aftermath of the violence at a white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12.

Kal Penn of the ABC series "Designated Survivor," issued a statement to Trump in which he attacked the president for alleging that "many sides" were to blame for the Charlottesville violence.

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"The false equivalencies you push cannot stand," Penn wrote, before criticizing the president for his "support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville," according to The Independent.

"Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background or identity is un-American," the statement went on.

The statement was also signed by 15 other members of the Committee on Arts and Humanities. All of these members resigned from the body in protest.

The White House later released a statement saying that Trump had already decided not to renew the committee's funding.

"In its current form it simply is not a responsible way to spend American tax dollars," the statement added.

Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington in the first production of "Hamilton," has also criticized Trump, this time over the president's suggestion that taking down Confederate statues would lead to the removal of monuments commemorating the Founding Fathers.

"You know NOTHING about [George Washington] Nothing about [America] You are in over your head, you Feckless Charlatan," Jackson wrote on Twitter on Aug. 15, according to The Hill. "We Stand Against YOU." Jackson ended his tweet with "#45," a reference to Trump as the 45th president of the U.S.

Sources: Deadline, The Independent, The Hill / Featured Image: Angela George via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Michael Vadon/Flickrjlboygenius/Flickr

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