Politics At The Tony Awards 2018: Robert De Niro Says ‘F––k Trump’ Twice
He was about to introduce a performance by Bruce Springsteen when he said, “I just want to say one thing. F––k Trump. It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f––k Trump.”
The CBS network was reportedly able to censor De Niro’s choice of words, leaving United States viewers with complete silence, whereas other regions heard the f-bombs for themselves. Nonetheless, people took to Twitter to make sure De Niro’s message was clear.
PSA: Robert De Niro gave a big old F&@K Trump at the Tonys since is was bleeped our for the folks at home! #TonyAwards
— JT Diaz (@jt_diaz) June 11, 2018
The Meet the Fockers actor raised both fists as he received a standing ovation from the star-studded crowd. However, not everyone was pleased with his political remarks.
No matter who the President is or what your politics, this behavior is not merely inappropriate for this (or any) event; it’s juvenile & stupid, even deranged. And yet it was met with a standing ovation. These snobs think this is somehow courageous. https://t.co/KeoSgIZhK6
— Mark Tapson (@MarkTapson) June 11, 2018
Robert De Niro you have again cheapened yourself & embarrassed well meaning liberals everywhere! Do you think being so vulgar on live tv does anything but destroy your cause? You probably don’t cause your Hate is all you have to share. SAD! https://t.co/tLWwGeljkc via @variety
— GuysForTrump (@GaysForTrumpFL) June 11, 2018
I am shocked and horrified by Robert De Niro’s comments at the Tonys and the standing ovation they received.
Enough is enough. It’s time to fight back.
— The Unsilent Minority (@usminority) June 11, 2018
After De Niro’s commentary on Trump, he introduced Springsteen to the stage.
“Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else,” said De Niro. “Even more important in these perilous times, you rock the vote. Always fighting for, in your own words, truth, transparency, integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now.”
Playwright Tony Kushner lauded De Niro backstage.
“Good for him. I mean, it’s Robert De Niro. Who’s gonna argue with him?” he said.
It’s obvious that De Niro isn’t a fan of Trump, and this isn’t the first time he made that clear.
In January, De Niro made a profanity-laden speech on Trump at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala:
“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. “”This f––ing idiot is the President. It’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ — the guy is a f––ing fool … our baby-in-chief — the ‘J–––– -in-chief’ I call him.”
At the Fulfillment Fund fundraising event in March, De Niro said, “A college education is important, but education without humanity is ignorance. Look at our president. 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.”
Additionally, De Niro has been pictured as Trump several times on Saturday Night Live to mock the president’s Russia investigation.