Robert De Niro has hit back at Jon Voight’s criticism of his comments on Donald Trump, after the Taxi Driver actor said on video that he’d like to punch the Republican presidential nominee in the face.
In the outtake from the celebrity-filled voting PSA #VoteYourFuture, De Niro called Trump “blatantly stupid” and added, “He’s an embarrassment to this country. It makes me so angry that this country has gotten to this point that this fool, this bozo, has wound up where he has. He talks how he’d like to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face. This is somebody that we want for president? I don’t think so.”
Voight, a longtime Republican who narrated a video of Trump that played during the Republican National Convention this past summer, responded Saturday in a series of tweets, saying he was “so ashamed” of De Niro’s “ugly rant” about Trump. The Ray Donovan star also defended Trump over the 2005 video released last week in which Trump made vulgar, graphic comments about women.
De Niro responded while attending a conference in Dubai, reiterating again that he’d “love to punch [Trump] in the face,” according to United Arab Emirates newspaper The National.
“This guy does not have a clue about what goes on in the rest of the world no matter what he says,” De Niro added.
De Niro also dismissed Voight’s response to his comments on Trump, saying, “I like Jon, he’s a nice guy – but he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”