The legendary Robert De Niro has been one of Trump’s fiercest critics from the get-go. On Tuesday night, De Niro spoke to the crowd at the National Board of Review Gala before introducing fellow performer Meryl Streep, who he once acted alongside in The Deer Hunter.
Before Streep entered the picture, De Niro’s distaste for Trump boiled over to become one of the more memorable Trump burns in the Trump era.
De Niro is fed up with the way Trump handles the press. He stated, “This f*cking idiot is the president. It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes—the guy is a f*cking fool.”
Tonight's full Robert De Niro speech introducing Meryl Streep at the National Board of Review gala, referring to Trump: "This fucking idiot is the president. It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes – the guy is a fucking fool…our baby-in-chief – the "Jerkoff-in-chief" I call him" pic.twitter.com/lVXsSCIpvA
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The actor went on to describe how the press is “under siege” with Trump in the White House. De Niro said, “Our government today, with the propping [up] of our baby-in-chief—the ‘Jerkoff-in-chief’ I call him—has put the press under siege, ridiculing it through trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies.”
Leading up to the 2016 election, De Niro blasted Trump in an unforgettable video. In the video, he says of Trump, “He’s a bullsh*t artist… he thinks he’s gaming society,” before adding, “He talks about how he wants to punch people in the face, well I’d like to punch him in the face.”
Did De Niro cross the line by using profanity?