Robert De Niro: Hillary Clinton “Deserves To Be President”

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By Shari Weiss

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Robert De Niro says Hillary Clinton “deserves to be president.”

The iconic actor makes the comment in the September issue of Elle, in which he’s asked about his “vocal” support of Clinton’s campaign, and what it would “mean for this country to have a female president.” “Well, for that reason, it would be important,” he replies. “Almost more important is that she is who she is. She’s paid her dues. She’s been through the mill.”

De Niro gives Clinton props for the ways she’s “withstood” various issues over the years. “She deserves to be president. She’s prepared,” he argues. “She’ll make mistakes. Everybody does. It’s a hard job, to say the least. She’s as qualified or more qualified than anybody else. And paid her dues. Period.”

Elle blasted out De Niro’s quotes via email just hours after Clinton posted a written apology online for her use of a private email server. Some have speculated the controversy will have long-lasting effects on her bid for the White House. Clinton, though, has heavily courted the Hollywood vote over the last several months, connecting with stars ranging from Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, to Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Hudson. TELL US: What do you think of De Niro throwing his support beind Clinton?

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