Elon Musk Rebuts Robert De Niro’s Trump Comparison to Hitler, Mussolini: 'Illogical'

De Niro voices grave concerns over Trump's potential return.

by Nouman Rasool
Elon Musk Rebuts Robert De Niro’s Trump Comparison to Hitler, Mussolini: 'Illogical'
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently attacked actor Robert De Niro over his comments likening former President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. In a note shared on his social platform, X, Musk replied to a video posted by MSNBC from the show "11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle," where De Niro expressed his anxiety about the possible re-election of Donald Trump.

The reputed De Niro, known for movies like "Heat," voiced his disbelief and concern with the candidacy for the 2024 presidential race that Trump had launched. "Trump can't be anywhere near the office of the presidency," stated De Niro, going so far as to describe him as "sick" and "narcissistic." The actor went on to stress with all of his effort, "There's not one redeeming thing in him I can see ever."

De Niro's Dire Warning

To better illustrate his fears, De Niro stated that Trump has something in common with the worst historical figures, not excluding, "Even in Nazi Germany, they underestimated Hitler at first.

They don't take him seriously. 'He looks like a clown. Acts like a clown.' Mussolini was the same." He warned that chaos could break out if Trump were to be re-elected, increasing very strong fears for the course of American leadership.

Musk, though, wouldn't stand for that comparison. "Well, Trump was actually already president for 4 years and his policies bore no resemblance to those of Hitler, so this makes no sense," Musk argued. Another point that he put forward is that the Abraham Accords were a huge achievement from the Trump administration, also stating its goal for peace in the Middle East, which is definitely not what the ideologies of dictators from the 20th century are focused on.

This isn't the first time De Niro has publicly denounced Trump. His sharp criticisms of Trump, indeed, have come to be a defining feature of his public persona over the past few years. Last year, for instance, at the Cannes Film Festival, De Niro likened Trump to the evil character he plays in Martin Scorsese's 2023 crime drama, "Killer of the Flower Moon," citing shared "feelings of entitlement" that propel their actions.

But unsurprisingly, his revulsion would peak in 2018 at the Tony Awards, where he went off script to assail Trump in another viral moment, shouting, "I'm gonna say one thing: fuck Trump! It's no longer down with Trump, it's fuck Trump!", further cementing his position by histrionics by an actor.

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