It seems to be a common statement before a presidential election: “If so-and-so is elected, I’m moving to Canada” (or some other country).
Actor Robert De Niro, known for his repeated fierce attacks on the President, was one of several high-profile celebrities who pledged to move under a Donald Trump presidency – yet stayed put.
But this time appears to be different.
The Raging Bull star, who is still fuming in anger about Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, has said this time he’s serious about leaving the United States if Trump is re-elected.
Speaking to molisetabloid.it, De Niro said he plans to spend the last years of his life in Molise, the land of his great-grandparents if Trump wins again.
“My family is from Ferrazzano, near Campobasso. Do I have Italian citizenship? Yes. I’ll probably have to move there,” the 76-year-old said.
De Niro also hinted that even if Trump does not govern in 2021 and beyond, he could still move overseas, to Molise.
Robert De Niro’s representative, an outspoken and foul-mouthed critic of President Trump, appeared to hang up or be cut off when asked for comment from Grinberg News.
Note: Although he is known as an Italian-American actor, De Niro is only one-quarter Italian. His father was of half Italian and half Irish descent. His mother was of Dutch, English, Irish, French, and German ancestry.
Robert De Niro has been offered refuge in Italy, after he jokingly said he would move there should Donald Trump win the US election.
Responding to the US actor’s viral tirade against the Republican President-elect, the mayor of Ferrazzano, in the Italian region of Molise, said the town was “ready to welcome him with open arms”.
When asked whether he still wanted to punch Mr Trump in the face, as he had threatened to do during the election campaign, he said: “I can’t do that now. I have to respect the position.