Robert De Niro has released a statement after police intercepted a suspicious package – now known to be a pipe bomb – sent to the actor earlier this week.
At least 14 pipe bombs were sent to a number of leading Democrat figures including Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden.
A man from Florida, Cesar Sayoc, has been arrested and charged with five federal offences.
In a statement, via The Washington Post, De Niro thanked security and urged the people of America to vote.
“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” he said. “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!”
De Niro has publicly condemned Trump since the 2016 election. In a scathing video, the actor calls the president a “punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con, a bullshit artist, a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
Back in May, De Niro – the co-founder and co-owner of the Nobu restaurants, said he’d never allow the president in any of his restaurants.
Most famously, De Niro said the words “fuck Trump” while on stage at the 2018 Tony Awards.
In response, Trump said the actor is a “very Low IQ individual”.
The first package, sent to billionaire investor George Soros, was reported on Monday, October 22. The very next day, the Secret Service intercepted a pipe bomb sent to the Clinton residence. On Wednesday, one package was sent to Obama, another to former CIA director John Brennan, one device to both Debbie Wasserman Schult and Eric Holder, and two devices to Maxine Waters.
On Thursday, one pipe bomb was sent to De Niro and two to Biden. On Friday, four separate pipe bombs were sent to Senator Cory Booker, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Senator Kamala Harris, and major Democrat donor Tom Steyer – founder of the need2impeach petition.
We’re thankful that everyone we work with is safe. We are seeing a systematic attack on our democracy that extends much further than just one isolated terrorist in Florida. That’s why we are running an impeachment petition to end the culture of lawlessness in our country.
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) October 26, 2018