When President-elect Donald Trump was still on the campaign trail, actor Robert De Niro famously joked that he wanted to punch the New York businessman in the face.

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“He’s a punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con, a bulls— artist, a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” De Niro said of Trump.

“It makes me so angry that this country has gotten to this point that this fool, this bozo, has wound up where he has,” the actor added. “He talks how he’d like to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face.”

After Trump was elected to the White House, De Niro slowly began softening his rhetoric. During a late November trip to Washington, D.C., De Niro revealed that he was kind of rooting for the guy.

“I would only say that we’re all hoping, waiting and hoping, that he will lead the country in a way that’ll benefit everyone and benefit our neighbors around the world,” De Niro said on Tuesday, according to The Hill. “We’re waiting and hoping, and we’ll see.”

After months of ripping him, Robert De Niro softens (slightly) on President-elect Donald Trump (AP Photo/Timothy A. Clary, Pool)
Douglas Barclay is a Senior Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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