Rob Reiner says when it comes to blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE, there’s no such thing as going too far.

“I don’t think there’s a line when you’re saying something that is accurate,” says the famed “A Few Good Men” director.

The filmmaker, one of the most politically outspoken Hollywood figures, has slammed Trump as a “racist misogynist,” and a “threat to democracy” in the past.


“If you treat women a certain way and you have a pattern of treating someone a certain way over your lifetime, the term misogynist comes into play,” Reiner says. “If you talk about things that are racist, then you earned that.”

“In terms of Trump, he started his campaign talking about the first African-American president being illegitimate. That’s a very racist idea,” he continued. “You don’t have a problem saying the guy’s racist, if he’s exhibiting racist behavior.”

Before taking office, Trump was one of the most vocal advocates of the “birther” movement, which claimed without evidence that former President Obama was not actually born in the United States. 

Accusations of racism against Trump resurfaced earlier this year when it was reported his dismissed African and certain Central American nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers.

Reiner sat down with ITK this week to discuss his new film, “Shock and Awe.”

The movie tells the true story of a group of journalists from Knight Ridder news service covering the run-up to the war in Iraq in 2003 under then-President George W. Bush.


“They got everything right about no connection between Saddam Hussein and 9/11, aluminum tubes could not be used to enrich uranium, there was no definitive evidence of weapons of mass destruction. And they could not get heard,” says Reiner, who also stars in the movie as a Knight Ridder editor alongside Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, and Tommy Lee Jones, explains. “They weren’t picked up by even their own syndicate.”

“The press today I think is more under attack and has a more difficult time even than those guys had during the run-up to the war in Iraq,” adds Reiner, one of Trump’s fiercest entertainment industry critics.

“It’s about telling the truth, getting the truth out, informing the public so that we can hold people in public accountable,” Reiner said of “Shock and Awe,” which premieres exclusively on DirecTV on Thusrday and in theaters on July 13, “because otherwise you have the consequences of what we saw in Iraq, that people died needlessly and cost the country over $2 trillion and counting.”

The 71-year-old Emmy Award-winner says he’s paid his own price for his outspokenness, exclaiming there’s “no question” his political activism has affected his box office returns.

“I would say half the public hates me — they hate what I stand for, they hate what I say,” says Reiner. “They won’t go to a movie I make, even if it’s not a political movie, they won’t go just because they hate me so much.”

“But I’m at a point — I care about this country, I love this country, and I’m doing whatever I can to protect this country.”

He says around 2005, when then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) was running for reelection, Reiner considered making his own Democratic gubernatorial bid.

But a meeting with his wife and kids ultimately nixed any leap to public life.

“We took a vote and I basically polled 40 percent in my family. So I figured if I can’t carry my own family, it’s better not to do it,” Reiner quips. “I’ve discovered you can get a lot done in elected office, but you can also get a lot done outside.”

Reiner, who supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE in the 2016 race, says former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE could “right the ship” with a 2020 White House bid.

“I think the ship is foundering right now and someone with his experience could come in and right the ship,” the "All in the Family" actor said.

Biden is mulling a 2020 run, telling The Hill in April that he would make a decision about throwing his hat in the next presidential race by the end of the year.


Reiner also has his eye on two other prominent Democrats.

“I kind of like Mitch Landrieu, who’s the mayor of New Orleans. He’s a Southerner, he’s got administrative experience, he knows how government works. He’s also a racial reconciliator,” Reiner said, while also naming Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. House passes historic legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (Calif.) as a potential 2020 contender he’d root for.

Asked about talk of a “blue wave” coming during November’s midterm elections, Reiner replied, “I think it’s probably going to be close. I don’t know that there will be a wave.”

But is he getting his surfboard ready?

“If I am, it would be a mistake. Why? Because I’m not a very good surfer and being, not elderly, but an older Jew I probably would hurt myself very badly,” Reiner said with a grin.

“What I do know is that there’s more energy right now on the Democratic side.”