The legendary actor said those words while introducing Bruce Springsteen’s musical performance at Sunday’s Tony Awards.
“I’m going to say one thing’’, was how Robert De Niro started, before adding, ‘’F*** Trump’’. With his fists pumping the air, he then doubled down: ‘’ “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f*** Trump.”
It’s safe to assume from the words he chose that Robert De Niro was in a mood to take President Donald Trump to the cleaners at Sunday’s Tony Awards.
He had come on stage to introduce Bruce Springsteen’s musical performance but ended up expressing his political sentiment.
His audience at the Radio City Music Hall didn’t mind, though, as suggested by the standing ovation they gave De Niro after he said the abovementioned words.
CBS, which was airing the show, scrambled to bleep the offensive words as the show was on the live telecast.
Still, while CBS’s bleeping made sure that the millions watching at home couldn’t listen to the expletives, those in the audience, as well as the journalists, heard them loud and clear.
Robert De Niro is one of the most iconic actors in the United States with two Oscar wins for ‘’Godfather: Part II’’ and ‘’Raging Bull.’’
He is also a noted liberal who is one of the most vicious critics of the Trump presidency.
Still, while he has criticized Trump at smaller showbusiness events, none of them had the high profile and huge audience numbers of the Tony Awards, which drew in six-million American viewers last year.
De Niro’s public criticism of Trump started one-month before Mr. Trump was elected President. Back then, he had released a video in which Niro called the candidate ‘’stupid’’ before adding: “I’d like to punch him in the face.”
“He’s an embarrassment to this country. It makes me so angry this country has gotten to this point that this fool, this bozo, has wound up where he has,’’ was how De Niro described his dislike for Mr. Trump in the same video which was revealed as a part of Vice Exclusives.