On Friday morning, to promote his new film “The Comedian,” actor Robert De Niro appeared on ABC’s “The View.” During the course of the segment, host Joy Behar asked him about a video that wen viral a month before Election Day last year with outtakes from a “get out the vote” video.
In the clip, the actor memorably said this about then Republican candidate Donald Trump: “He talks how he wants to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face.” While he did defend and explain his comments as “only a symbolic thing,” he also reiterated them: “Of course I want to punch him in the face.”
“I said that because he said that about somebody, that he would like to punch them in the face,” De Niro explained, referring to Trump’s comments about a protester at a campaign event just under a year ago. “How dare he say that to the crowd? How dare he say the things he does? Of course I want to punch him in the face.”
“It was only a symbolic thing, anyway,” he continued. “It wasn’t like I was going to go find him and punch him in the face. But he’s got to hear it. He’s got to hear that, you know, that’s how he makes people feel. It’s not good to feel that way. It’s not good to start that stuff up, but at the same time sometimes when people are bullies like that, that’s what you have to do to shut them up. Bully them back.”