Robert De Niro Blasts 'Buffoon' Trump, Blames Fans of 'The Apprentice': 'They Created a Monster'

Robert De Niro has blasted President Donald Trump as a "buffoon" and blamed fans of The Apprentice for "creating a monster" in a new interview.

The 76-year-old actor told British GQ that Trump has blood on his hands for the crimes committed by supporters who were inspired by his rhetoric.

De Niro was among the prominent critics of the president, who were sent pipe bombs in the mail last year. The sender, Cesar Sayoc, a fervent Trump supporter who became known as the "MAGA bomber," was sentenced to 20 years in prison in August.

Speaking to the magazine ahead of the release of his upcoming film The Irishman, De Niro said Trump is "setting the tone" for such attacks. He branded Trump a "low-life" who is "going to ruin this country."

He said: "I think all this stuff with Trump and all his shenanigans and nonsense is what is setting the tone for what is going on. We all know it. It's beyond a disgrace. He's a low-life. He's going to ruin this country."

De Niro added that people are realizing "more and more" that Trump's rhetoric is inspiring attacks.

"Those [gunmen] are crazy people, but they're inspired by Trump and what he's allowed," De Niro said, referring to the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 people dead. "It's all subtle but it's all there. He's allowed it. He starts it. He encourages it."

The 21-year-old suspect in the shooting posted a racist manifesto online ahead of the massacre, saying he wanted to stop the "Hispanic invasion of Texas," it later emerged.

In the interview, De Niro also noted how he had appeared on television after Trump was elected in 2016 to say he had been willing to give him a chance. But Trump has been "worse than we ever thought he would be," De Niro now acknowledges.

He also blamed fans of Trump's former reality show The Apprentice, which aired in various formats for 15 seasons on NBC, for his rise.

"He's an idiot. He's a fool. He's a buffoon. He's silly. He's tacky. He's dangerous. That stupid show The Apprentice, people bought it. They buy into it... They created a monster," De Niro told the magazine.

De Niro plays hitman Frank Sheeran in Martin Scorsese's crime epic The Irishman, based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.

The big-budget film, which also stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, has a running time of three hours and 29 minutes. It will open in theaters on November 1 and will begin streaming on Netflix on November 27.

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Robert De Niro arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix's 'The Irishman' at the Chinese theater in Hollywood on October 24, 2019. Valerie Macon