Robert De Niro says votes are ‘more powerful than bombs’ 

“People MUST vote!”

Actor Robert De Niro is encouraging the nation to vote one day after his New York City restaurant was the target of one of 12 suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump. 

“There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!” De Niro, 75, said in an emailed statement Friday.

An apparent pipe bomb was found early Thursday morning near De Niro’s Tribeca Grill restaurant on the corner of Greenwich and Franklin streets, police said. The address is also the location of the Tribeca Film Center, which the actor established with film producer Jane Rosenthal. The package was removed from the area by police after a retired NYPD detective alerted police that it resembled ones that had been mailed to the Time Warner Center, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, among several others.

“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” De Niro, a Greenwich Village native, said. 

De Niro has long been one of the president’s vocal critics. At the Tony Awards in June, he unleashed his thoughts during a live broadcast saying, "I’m gonna say one thing. F— Trump." 

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