Actor Robert De Niro won a standing ovation at Sunday night’s Tony awards in New York for criticising US president Donald Trump. Appearing on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, De Niro declared:
“I’m going to say one thing, F*ck Trump,” he said, punctuating with a double fist-pump. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f*ck Trump.”
He then continued with an apparently pre-prepared introduction of Bruce Springsteen.
De Niro has long been a vociferous critic of Mr Trump. After calling him “totally nuts” in August 2016, the actor released a video during the election campaign stating his desire to punch Mr Trump in the face, and calling him “an idiot, a national disaster, an embarrassment to this country – this fool, this bozo.”
He did the same thing a mere five months ago, at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala in January.
“Our baby-in-chief — the j—off-in-chief, I call him — has put the press under siege, ridiculing it and trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies,” De Niro said at the time, according to CNN. “This f*cking idiot is the president. It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes — the guy is a f*cking fool … our baby-in-chief — the ‘J—-off-in-chief’ I call him.”
“A college education is important, but education without humanity is ignorance. Look at our president,” De Niro said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He made it through the University of Pennsylvania, so he was exposed to a quality education, but he’s still an idiot. And he lacks any sense of humanity or compassion.”