Rob Reiner warned his more than one million Twitter followers on June 23 that a vote for President Donald Trump “is a vote for Death.”
He followed it up, saying: “The Ship of Trump is sinking. And all his fellow Racist Rats are going with it.”
While it is still unclear why Reiner believes a vote for Trump is a vote for “death”, the ‘A Few Good Men’ director’s Twitter is full of somewhat paranoid statements about the president and his administration. The filmmaker claimed in March that Trump is mentally ill and that his mental illness is “killing people.” He cited Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and suggested he could be an accessory to murder.
“I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me if you’re the most influential person in America and you tell the public that a deadly viral pandemic is a hoax & countless citizens accept that as reality, do nothing to protect themselves then end up dead, you might be an accessory,” he said.
Reiner has also, quite blatantly, accused Trump of causing people to die in New York.
“There’s no other way to put this: Donald Trump is causing people in NY to DIE,” Reiner tweeted on March 24.
But despite the film maker’s assertions, the president has maintained he never referred to the outbreak as a “hoax”.
“One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’ve been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost, it’s all turning. Think of it, and this is their new hoax’,” Trump said during Charleston, South Carolina rally in March.
The president later clarified his statement after a backlash from media and a number of anti-Trump celebrities.
“No, hoax referring to the action that they take to try and pin this on somebody,” he told the press. “That’s just a continuation of the hoax, whether it’s the impeachment hoax or the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax. This is what I’m talking about.”
Covid-19 has so far caused more than 123,000 deaths in the United States.
Reiner predicted in April that Trump would lose his 2020 re-election bid in a landslide “because Americans will literally be voting for their lives.”
And during an appearance on MSNBC in February, the ‘Stand By Me’ creator called the president a “continual liar” and advised Democratic presidential hopefuls to “punch” him in the nose.
“When you’ve got a schoolyard bully, you got to punch them in the nose, and you got to continue to punch him in the nose,” he said. “I mean, you know, we can’t be, you know, liars the way he is. He is a continual liar, and if we adopt that, then we become him.”
According to him, anti-Trumpers had no choice but to stand up to the former real estate mogul.
“… And when Trump invades your personal space the way he did with Hillary, you have to turn around and say get away from me, pal. Get back to your corner. You don’t belong here. Somebody has to say that to him,” he added. “They have to smack him in the nose.”