Actor Robert De Niro Slams Trump in Awards Gala Speech

January 10, 2018Jan 10, 2018

Throughout his presidency, President Trump has had a rocky and unstable relationship with Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, Trump's relationship with actor Robert De Niro has been no different, according to The Hill


De Niro reportedly was speaking before the National Board of Review's annual awards gala when he took aim at the president. Rather than using his time as an opportunity to talk about his career, he instead slammed President Trump, calling him an "idiot." 

"This [...] idiot is the president," remarked De Niro. "It's the Emperor's New Clothes — the guy is a [...] fool."

De Niro was upset at Trump's repeated attacks on the media, which he claims are full of lies. Rather than exposing the bias or "fake" reporting of the media, claims De Niro, Trump has combatted a "brave, exacting journalism" that hasn't been so courageous since their coverage of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s.

“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,” he said.

“And again, just like in 1971, the press is distinguishing itself with brave, exacting journalism,” De Niro continued, referring to coverage of the Watergate scandal.

According to Fox News, Robert De Niro has been a frequent critic of President Donald Trump. In the past, the actor made several disparaging remarks toward the president, remarking that Trump was "dangerous" and shouldn't have gotten into the position that he's in. In October, De Niro slammed Trump in a viral video, where he claimed that he would like to punch Trump in the face. 

Spielberg also voiced his concern about the current relationship between journalists and the White House. According to Spielberg, Americans are in a battle for objective truth. He also claims that Americans risk losing their democracy if Trump doesn't stop his war on the news media. 

"We are in a fight and it's a fight not just about alternative facts but it's a fight for the objective truth," Spielberg said, according to Fox News. "President Obama said in a recent interview, 'It's not that democracy is fragile, but it's reversible.' I wanted to do more than just sit down and watch television and complain to (wife Kate Capshaw) and my kids about what's happening to our country."

Last year, De Niro commented on Donald Trump. In particular, De Niro thinks that the border wall is unnecessarily divisive. The country needs to focus on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, rather than building a border wall, and should also use these natural disasters as an opportunity to gather together regardless of political party or affiliation. 

When asked whether elite Hollywood actors living on the West coast should be commenting on politics, De Niro responded: "I understand that people feel that way. I sometimes feel that way and am hesitant to endorse somebody because I feel an elite Hollywood person shouldn't be doing that."

He continued, "But many of us feel that the right thing has to be done. And we really believe that. Someone like Trump doesn't really believe that..."

You can watch's De Niro's comment that he'd like to "punch Trump in the face" in the video below. 

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