Actor Robert De Niro: Trump must be 'held accountable' with impeachment inquiry

Actor Robert De Niro: Trump must be 'held accountable' with impeachment inquiry
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Award-winning actor Robert De Niro slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE, saying, among other criticisms, that the president has to be "held accountable" with the impeachment inquiry.

"If we don't go through this impeachment inquiry, we're letting him get away with something," De Niro told MSNBC's Joy Reid Saturday morning. 

"He has done something wrong, he has to pay for that. He has to be held accountable."


De Niro, a consistent critic of Trump, also told Reid that Trump lacks "sympathy or empathy for anything or anybody," calling Trump a "fake president."

"He calls everything else fake because he knows he's fake," the 76-year-old actor said.

 Trump, De Niro continued, has hurt the U.S.'s relationships with a lot of countries and the country needs a president that can repair "the damage that has been done."

Specifically, De Niro said that he believed that 2020 hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports MORE could do this.  

"He's young, but he's got all of the qualifications," De Niro told Reid.

The veteran actor also mentioned Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden selects Gina Raimondo for Commerce chief: reports 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics NFL, politics dominate 2020 ratings MORE as someone who he thinks could do the job.

"He's a grown-up, he's run [New York] for three terms," De Niro said of Bloomberg, adding that "he hasn't done everything perfectly, but he's very, very good."

Bloomberg hasn't officially launched a presidential campaign, but Friday he filed to be on Alabama's Democratic primary ballot. 

Buttigieg has seen a recent surge in the polls and is currently polling at 17.5 percent in Iowa, according to RCP's average of polls.