“I’ll be damned if I’m going to let Donald Trump turn America into a place that is filled with anger, resentment, and hate,” President Joe Biden said May 29 in Philadelphia.

So, why did America’s self-styled uniter-in-chief decide to “stop the shouting and lower the temperature”—as he promised in his inaugural address—by recruiting Robert De Niro, one of Hollywood’s loudest hotheads?

“Trump wants revenge, and he’ll stop at nothing to get it,” the veteran actor said as narrator of a Biden campaign ad released May 24. De Niro’s overheated audio track continues: “Now, he’s running again, this time threatening to be a dictator. To terminate the Constitution.” 

Biden could have tapped the suave and even-keeled George Clooney or the widely admired Julia Roberts, both talented supporters. Instead, Biden picked the boisterous, unhinged De Niro, whose comments about Trump slide from the vulgar to the violent.

On May 28, the Biden campaign staged a press conference outside the Manhattan Criminal Courts Building. Inside Room 1530 that morning, I was among those witnessing closing arguments in New York State vs. Donald J. Trump. Confirming suspicions that this bookkeeping-entry trial was a Democratic election-interference operation, like Trump’s other persecutions, De Niro and Biden-Harris 2024 Communications Director Michael Tyler stood before microphones and taunted Trump on one of the toughest days of his life.

“I don’t mean to scare you. No, wait, maybe I do mean to scare you,” De Niro said. “If Trump returns to the White House, you can kiss these freedoms goodbye that we all take for granted … And elections. Forget about it. That’s over. That’s done. If he gets in. I can tell you right now. He will never leave.”

De Niro added, “Donald Trump wants to destroy not only the city, but the country, and, eventually, he could destroy the world.” (Funny: After Trump left office in January 2021, Americans’ freedoms and elections remained, and the rest of the Earth is still there.)

This disastrously misconceived stunt then melted down as local Trump fans defended the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and swapped insults with the two-time Academy Award winner, whose screen credits include “Goodfellas” and “Raging Bull.”

You’re trash! You’re done!” one man yelled at De Niro. Another screamed: “You ruined Leo DiCaprio!” 

“You are gangsters,” De Niro hollered back. “You are gangsters!”

This was not the first time that Biden’s new spokesman devolved into what the president decries as “anger, resentment, and hate.”

  • “He’s so f—ing stupid,” De Niro told ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel in March. “He’s a f—ing moron.”
  • While hosting the June 2018 Tony Awards, De Niro declared: “F— Trump.”
  • “He’s a punk. He’s a dog. He’s a pig,” De Niro ranted about Trump in a 2016 video for #VoteYourFuture. De Niro notoriously added: “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

But De Niro and Biden are not so far apart.

The warm, lovable Grandpa Lunchbucket Joe from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who Democrats showcased in 2020 was a mirage. Americans have learned the hard way that Biden is a nasty, vindictive man who lusts to imprison the leader of the opposition. Asked Friday at the White House about Trump’s charge that Biden had made him a political prisoner, Biden displayed an Arctic smile that seemed chilled by ice water in his arteries.

  • Biden led a chaotic and deadly U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and left thousands of pro-American translators and other local allies to the Taliban’s tender mercies.
  • When the remains of 13 Americans killed in a suicide bombing returned home from Kabul, Biden repeatedly and coldly checked his watch, rather than focus exclusively on those fallen GIs’ flag-draped caskets.
  • After a massive train derailment, chemical spill, and conflagration plagued East Palestine, Ohio, on Feb. 3, 2023, residents waited for Biden to visit. And waited. And waited. The East Palestinians finally saw Biden last Feb. 16—fully 54 weeks into their long local nightmare. In contrast, Trump flew in to feel their pain just 19 days after their toxic hell exploded. 
  • Biden blames ongoing inflation not on his own reckless spend-aholism, but on “corporate greed.” So, U.S. companies generously kept inflation at 1.4% as Trump left office. But then they suddenly became gluttons and boosted overall prices by 19.87% over Biden’s first 39 months versus 5.58% for Trump’s equivalent interval?


  • Unlike De Niro, Biden keeps his mouth clean in public. But off-camera, he is a bully who pummels staffers with foul language. In an article headlined, “Old Yeller: Biden’s Private Fury,” Axios’ Alex Thompson reported that the president explodes at White House aides. “G– d— it, how the f–k don’t you know this?” Biden demands. To others, he screams, “Get the f–k out of here!” 
  • Despite multiple death threats, two home-trespassing incidents, and an armed impostor’s arrest at a campaign event, Biden has rejected Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s five requests for Secret Service protection. Never mind that his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1963, nor that his father was fatally shot in 1968 by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian-Jordanian infuriated by RFK’s “sole support of Israel,” as Sirhan told British newsman David Frost. (Sound familiar?) Nice guys don’t expose their competitors to the risk of killing in cold blood.

Biden, 81, and De Niro, 80, deserve each other. They are a pair of mean, cranky, decaying leftists who gush anger, resentment, and hate at their political opponents.

In a word: Badfellas.  

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