De Niro is called both a "f-cking legend" and a "dumbass" as Twitter passionately divides along party lines for and against his speech.
Robert De Niro may have been at the National Board of Review gala Tuesday night to introduce Meryl Streep, but he took advantage of the moment to lay into President Donald Trump, dropping the kinds of expletives that would cramp the fingers of network censors.
As expected, Twitter exploded with passionate and ugly responses coming from both sides of the political spectrum.
In his short speech, De Niro described the current world as "suffering from Donald Trump," going on to say "This f-cking idiot is the president. It's the Emperor's New Clothes; the guy is a f-cking fool."
De Niro alternately called the president "our baby-in-chief" and the "jerkoff-in-chief," while discussing the current attacks on the press "through outrageous attacks and lies." The response, like then, De Niro finds heartening. "The press is distinguishing itself with brave, exacting journalism," he said.
Streep's latest film, "The Post," offered De Niro the opportunity for presidential criticism, as it details the Nixon administration's attempts to shut down the press in regards to exposing government lies about Vietnam. Today, the press is under a barrage of "fake news" allegations from Trump's administration, facing criticism and fire like it hasn't since ... well, the Nixon administration.
See the full transcript of De Niro's speech below, and the ugly and heated partisan divide among his online critics and supporters:
Tonight's full Robert De Niro speech introducing Meryl Streep at the National Board of Review gala, referring to Trump: "This fucking idiot is the president. It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes – the guy is a fucking fool...our baby-in-chief – the "Jerkoff-in-chief" I call him" pic.twitter.com/lVXsSCIpvA— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) January 10, 2018
"No one cares what celebrities like Robert De Niro have to say about politics!"— neen (@the_ns) January 10, 2018
- people who elected a celebrity to run their country
The irony of course is that Robert De Niro didn’t say anything about Trump that his own cabinet members, Rupert Murdoch and his rich supposed friends don’t reportedly say about him. He just said it in De Niro-ese (with lots of cussing).— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 10, 2018
Robert de Niro Calls Trump “F**king Fool” in Foul Mouthed Rant— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 10, 2018
Someone might want to remind De Niro that his boy Obama used the Espionage Act against journalists more than any other president combined. https://t.co/0FHXC4Dpsy
Robert De Niro running his mouth again about President Trump has made sure any movie he's in from now on will be a flop. Hollywood/Pedowood/Rapewood doesn't get it. I'm loving watching them crash & burn. Watching them make a spectacle of themselves is way better than their movies pic.twitter.com/HzeIcmLiRG— Tracey 🇺🇸 (@67_4_17) January 10, 2018
The people that say Robert De Niro should "stick to acting" are the same people who voted for a reality TV star with zero political experience— Remy Carreiro (@Remy_Anne) January 10, 2018
Mr. De Niro,— Philip Schuyler (@FiveRights) January 10, 2018
If you had valid reasons to hate Trump, rather than just a bad case of TDS, you'd have reffed them - maybe even cleverly. You would not have had to descend into name-calling like every misled college-age socialist.
Bye bye reputation.
You've been kidnapped, gun to your head, and you gotta choose between Donald Trump and Robert De Niro to recite the National Anthem word for word perfectly or else you die.— NUFF (@nuffsaidNY) January 10, 2018
Who would you choose?
It’s like Robert De Niro thinks he’s one of the characters he played back when he didn’t make shitty comedies.— WhiteNitemare (@Carl_Anthony215) January 10, 2018
Bobby boy you’re a joke 😆😆 and TRUMP IS YOUR PRESIDENT 😭👌🏻
When I saw Robert De Niro trending, I thought “oh no he’s dead”.— Tiff🇺🇸 (@LATiffani1) January 10, 2018
Turns out it’s his career.
His foul mouthed disgustingly classless rant on Presidient Trump just described himself & his relationship w/Harvey Weinstein. #HeKnew pic.twitter.com/KLwJhAvwJh
Robert De Niro speaking the truth about Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/RGxlqkPdun— Abhishek Pratap (@Abhi5hekk) January 10, 2018
Robert De Niro is an ACTOR— Jake Highwell (@JakeHighwell) January 10, 2018
The toughguy persona has has portrayed in numerous films is a far cry from his true self.
The real De Niro is a whiny curmudgeon who is uneducated and has anger issues.
The man needs serious psychiatric help!
I remember when Clint Eastwood did a funny little skit about Obama at the 2012 RNC. He didn’t use profanity, but was crucified by you libs and the media. Now Robert De Niro drops f bombs against our president and it’s ok. I love you lib idiots— JD Anderson (@JDAnderson13) January 10, 2018
De Niro is simply speaking what tens of millions of Americans are thinking and wish they had a platform in which to say it from. "Robert De Niro"— My Two Cents (@MyyTwoCentss) January 10, 2018
If you dont like what he had to say, sorry, not sorry.
People are rejecting "Ronald Reagan Jr." and Robert De Niro criticisms of Trump on a personal level. None are saying the statements are wrong . (They're Not wrong - Trump is as big a Piece of Shit as I've seen .).— Uncle Haggis (@NutherFineMess) January 10, 2018
"Robert De Niro" pssst, bobby, you're not Don Corleone. You're an actor. You basically are a monkey that does what it's told. Who's the real fool.— RikkiTikkiTavi 🌀 (@RikiTikiTorrre) January 10, 2018
"Robert De Niro" hey dumbass, nobody cares what Hollywood thinks. Your vote is only 1 vote! Your not gods, your a bunch of sex-crazed sodmites. #RobertDeNiro All Votes Matter, Trump 2020 @realDonaldTrump— Angela Williams (@angelastella777) January 10, 2018
Sees Robert De Niro is trending. Is he dead, or is he a sexual harasser?— Kerry 👊🏻🍺🔬 (@Punchdrunkdoc) January 10, 2018
Neither, he’s a f**king legend.
Another Nut Job from Hollywood. Had no problem with Obama destroying our country. So many good movies in the past can't be watched because of his FILTHY mouth.— Jim McLeod (@mc_leod11) January 10, 2018
Robert De Niro attacks Trump in profane rant at awards gala https://t.co/ffc2dqtVQ5 via the @FoxNews Android app
Tfw you see Robert De Niro trending, but he's neither dead nor being accused of sexual misconduct, he just insulted Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/UBNmNBAM08— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) January 10, 2018
Robert de Niro you're just an actor, you do not understand politics at all.— I'M NOT A ROBOT (@whos_rodrigo) January 10, 2018
You can't tell Robert De Niro to be quiet because he's "just an actor" if you voted for a reality-TV host to be president.— K. Daniels 🌣 (@BatmanXenomorph) January 10, 2018
"Robert De Niro" proves to be a moron every time he opens his obnoxious foul mouth. Just another irrelevant Hollyweird elitist narcissist who thinks others are interested in what he thinks about everything. Sorry dumbass, we don't give a rat's ass about your insane rants.— KoalaFan (@KoalaFan4) January 10, 2018
When your a washed up actor, trying to be relevant but instead show signs of dementia> Robert De Niro— Laurie (@Jeaf79Lynn) January 10, 2018
Robert De Niro is superior to Donald Trump in every way – physically, morally, psychologically. He's far more qualified to be President. Of course, that's true of most random people you'd pull off the street, too.— Donald J Orwell (@DonaldJOrwell) January 10, 2018
Last night Robert de Niro called President Trump a 'f***ing fool', a 'f***ing idiot' and a 'jerk-off-in-chief' in an impromptu foul-mouthed rant as he presented Meryl Streep with a award. Keep that in mind the next time you are thinking of watching one of his movies. pic.twitter.com/mPQVsRB9fj— TRUMP News 24/7 (@MichaelDelauzon) January 10, 2018
Are all the Trumpers going to BOYCOTT "Robert De Niro" Movies?— American Voter (@independentvtr) January 10, 2018
Yeah, just like they Boycotted watching Football.
Trumpster : Robert De Niro is an actor and should stick to acting only.— Abhishek Pratap (@Abhi5hekk) January 10, 2018
It took you 2 years to realise that actors should stick to acting?! pic.twitter.com/1Vccnz1v8t