Big screen legend Robert De Niro says that, if President Donald Trump were to be impeached, he would be able to “deal with” a Mike Pence presidency ahead of the 2020 election.
TMZ reports that the actor made these comments in New York City on Saturday, where he was promoting his new film, The Irishman, which also stars Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.
Lesser of Two Evils
In a crowd of reporters on the streets of New York City, one man asked De Niro whether Pence would be a better president than Trump.
“No,” the actor replied. “But we can deal with him.”
The reporter followed up by asking De Niro how confident he is that Trump will be impeached.
“You never know until it happens,” he says. “You never know.”
On the political side of things, De Niro is well-known for being anti-Trump, and so it is not that surprising that he wants Trump out of office — even if this means a Pence presidency.
De Niro and other anti-Trumpers are hoping to finally get their wish now that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the House have finally launched an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
The inquiry results from the whistleblower complaint that was made public this past Thursday, according to The New York Times. Apparently the product of a member of the CIA, the whistleblower alleges that President Trump arranged a quid pro quo with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call, asking Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and son Hunter, who was at one time involved with the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings.
Failing with “Russia collusion,” Pelosi and Democrats now believe that they have some solid dirt on Trump — or at least they are gambling that they do. But Trump doesn’t seem to think that he has anything to hide, which is evidenced by the White House releasing a transcript of his conversation with Zelensky.
Whether Pelosi and the Democrats will succeed is being called more and more into doubt every day as new information is learned about the complaint itself. This is not to mention that it is not even clear that what President Trump did was wrong — he was asking Ukraine to look into potential corruption, after all.
Many commentators are suggesting that Pelosi’s gambit could end up backfiring, handing Trump the 2020 victory. One thing’s for sure: De Niro and others wouldn’t be too happy about that.