March 30, 2023

Robert De Niro just went off script and attacked Trump while presenting an award to Meryl Streep

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Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro has made a career out of playing some of the worst villains imaginable. It’s perhaps telling then — given his ability to inhabit absolute monsters — that he has such clear disdain for our current president.

De Niro has brought some of the most ruthless gangsters in cinematic history to life but absolutely hates the fact that our federal government is now riddled with criminals. The actor has ripped into Trump in the past, but last night he gave one of his most scathing indictments to date.

While presenting the inimitable Meryl Streep with the best actress award at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala in New York City, De Niro launched into an impromptu tirade against the president, reports The Daily Mail

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Streep was being awarded for her performance in The Post, a film about The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers during the Nixon era. It contains eerie reflections of today’s world, and is especially timely given President Trump’s constant attacks on the free press.

De Niro began his speech by mentioning Tom Hanks, who costars with Meryl in The Post. He made a joke about Hanks’s film Castaway, in which one of the characters is a volleyball. De Niro humorously said a volleyball can’t inhabit a role the way Streep does.

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“Not even if the volleyball was a stable genius,” De Niro added, taking a swipe at Trump’s recent Twitter claim that he is a “very stable genius.” The actor went on to point out that even though The Post is set fifty years ago it contains many parallels today.

“At the time of the story Donald Trump was suffering with ‘bone spurs.’ Today the world is suffering from the real Donald Trump. Come on. You know. What are we talking about?This f*cking idiot is the President. It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes – the guy is a f*cking fool,” De Niro said.

The beloved actor went on to explain the significance of the Pentagon Papers and how their publication represented a strong defense of the First Amendment.

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“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, trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies. And again just like 1971 the press is distinguishing itself with brave, exacting journalism.  The movie gave us glimpses of President Nixon as delusional, narcissistic, petty, vindictive, nasty and batsh*t f*cking crazy. Ah, the good old days,” said De Niro.

De Niro finished his speech by lavishing more well-deserved praise on Streep, and calling attention to the wage gap between the genders. He said women deserve their “rightful place” and their “fair share.” He should be commended for taking a stand. Now more than ever we need our cultural leaders to step forward and tell the world that Donald Trump doesn’t represent American values.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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