Hollywood veteran, Robert De Niro, has described US president-elect Donald Trump as a “bad example” of New York and America.
De Niro made the comments on Thursday night during a demonstration against Trump in New York.
The actor said everyone wants the new administration to ditch its “divisive, racist, misogynist, and ignorant” rhetorics.
He said: “Just like our founding fathers, you can love our country and not love everything about it. That’s understandable. You can love your city, as I do, and not love everything about it either. That may have been what I was thinking about when I said I wish you-know-who would leave this city. I don’t care where he goes, I just never thought he’d go to Washington. He’s a bad example of this country, this city.
“These huddled masses yearning to breathe free built our country and our lifeblood of our strong, diverse, beautiful New York City. They gave us the strength to prosper in the mid-70s when the government sent us the message to drop dead. They gave us the strength to recover after the tragedy of 9/11. Now they’re giving us the strength to persevere in the face of the promises of the incoming government.
“We’re all rooting for the new administration, of course, to abandon the divisive, racist, misogynist, ignorant plans it’s trumpeting and lead us with intelligence and compassion. Whatever happens, we Americans, we New Yorkers, we patriots, will stand united for our rights and the rights of our fellow citizens,” De Niro told thousands of attendees at the demonstration.
Organised by Greenpeace and the liberal activist organization MoveOn, the demonstration held at the same time as Trump’s inauguration concert.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Alec Baldwin, Al Sharpton, Sally Field, Mark Ruffalo, Cynthia Nixon, Shailene Woodley, Marisa Tomei and Julianne Moore were some of the prominent figures in attendance.
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