Robert De Niro Reignites Feud With 'Fake' Trump, Likens America to 'Living in Abusive Household'

Legendary actor Robert De Niro reignited his feud with President Donald Trump on Monday night, telling CBS' Stephen Colbert that Trump is a "fake president."

De Niro also likened living in the U.S. to "living in an abusive household," explaining that "you don't know what's going to happen next, what crazy thing is going to happen next… what's going to make you say, 'What the hell's going on?'"

De Niro appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday to promote the new movie The Irishman which reunites him with his long-time collaborator, director Martin Scorsese. But the discussion was almost immediately dominated by Trump, who De Niro has been vociferous in his disdain for, and who has criticized the actor on Twitter.

Colbert began the interview saying "I want to talk about the president for just a second," prompting De Niro to joke: "Who?"

The Late Show host then asked De Niro for his input in how to defeat Trump, who, he said, runs his administration like the mafia, and pointed out that De Niro has some expertise playing gangsters.

"He's like the Teflon Don," responded De Niro, before pointing out that Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, used the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to "go after gangster families" when he was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the 1980s. De Niro added, "So it's unusual that he, now, is representing this gangster first family, if you will."

"The whole situation is beyond understanding. It's a really, really serious situation we're in. It's a pull around... it's like living in abusive household," said De Niro of the Trump administration.

The Oscar-winning actor then branded Trump "a fake president," explaining: "He calls everything fake because he knows he's fake, so he's projecting."

De Niro added that he might support Mike Bloomberg in the 2020 Democratic primary race after the former New York mayor announced he would run for president on Monday.

"I know him a little bit... I like Bloomberg, he's an adult, he's a grownup," said Bloomberg. "He's run the city for 12 years. He's done good things. He tries to do the right thing. We've got to get over the hump into calm waters and so, to me, Bloomberg might be the one."

A history of Trump versus De Niro

The feud between Trump and De Niro goes back to Trump's election campaign in 2016.

In October that year, De Niro, in a campaign video, denounced Trump as a "dog," "bulls**t artist" and "con," adding: "He talks how he wants to punch people in the face? Well, I'd like to punch him in the face."

At the 2018 Tony Awards, De Niro publicly scorned Trump on stage, saying: "I'm gonna say one thing. F*** Trump."

This prompted the president to bite back on Twitter. Trump wrote: "Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received too many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be 'punch-drunk.'

"I guess he doesn't realize the economy is the best it's ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!"

...realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018