Robert De Niro went on a profanity-laced rant during a Tuesday awards ceremony.
Legendary actor and producer Robert De Niro blasted Trump while introducing best actress winner Meryl Streep at Tuesday’s National Board of Review awards gala.
An outspoken critic of Trump, De Niro could not help but notice parallels between the story of Streep’s new film, The Post, and our current political reality. “It was fascinating to watch The Post,” De Niro explained. “That story took place nearly 50 years ago, but there are many parallels today, obviously.” He then turned his attention to the president. “This f—ing idiot is the president,” he lamented. “It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes: The guy is a f—ing fool.”
The Daily Mail elaborated, reporting that:
Robert De Niro called President Trump a ‘f***ing fool’ in an impromptu foul-mouthed rant as he presented Meryl Streep with a best actress award on Tuesday night.
Introducing Streep at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala in New York, De Niro went off script to call the President a ‘f***ing idiot’.
The Oscar-winner also branded Trump the ‘baby-in-chief’ and ‘jerk-off-in-chief’ while discussing Streep’s new film The Post, which is about the publication of the Pentagon Papers into the Vietnam War.
De Niro’s full speech was transcribed by The New York Times‘ Sopan Deb:
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
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) January 10, 2018
This isn’t the first time De Niro has spoken out against Trump. Back in August 2016, shortly before the election, De Niro compared Trump to the mentally disturbed Travis Bickle, his character from “Taxi Driver.”
Reuters reported at the time that De Niro was participating in a question and answer session at the Sarajevo Film Festival when he made the remarks.
He also addressed the media, whom he said gave Trump far too much attention:
The media, they’ve given him all this attention. But I think now they are really starting to push back, the media … finally they are starting to say: “come on Donald, this is ridiculous, this is nuts, this is insane,” because what he’s been saying is totally crazy, ridiculous stuff that he shouldn’t even…. it’s nuts, he’s totally nuts.
NBC News reported that “When the moderator asked De Niro to elaborate on Bickle’s mental illness, the first thing that seemed to have crossed the actor’s mind was the Republican candidate.”
“One of the things to me was just the irony at the end, he [Bickle] is back driving a cab, celebrated, which is kind of relevant in some way today too,” De Niro said.
“People like Donald Trump who shouldn’t be where he is so … God help us,” he added.