With no context or setup necessary, De Niro simply walked out and said, "I'm just going to say one thing. F--k Trump!" As the audience erupted in cheers, De Niro quickly added, "It's no longer 'Down with Trump.' It's 'F--k Trump!" Oh, he did then introduce Springsteen.
Without condemning or praising his comments, CBS quickly responded. "Mr. De Niro's comments were unscripted and unexpected. The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast," the network said in a statement to Deadline.
It was the most pointed political commentary of the awards ceremony, and one that left no doubt where De Niro stands in relation to Donald Trump. It's actually become a common refrain from De Niro, who came under social media fire in January for an expletive-filled rant about Trump he gave at the National Board of Review gala.
There he called the president a "f--king idiot" and a "f--king fool." Twitter jumped all over those comments as well, but at least everyone knew exactly what he said. That response was evenly divided, as everything is now, along party lines.
If any Republican Congressman criticizes Robert De Niro tomorrow for what he said about Trump, please ask them how they feel about any of the hundreds (thousands?) of offensive things Trump has said in the past two years, let alone in his lifetime.#TonyAwards
Robert De Niro apparently said “F—k Trump” at the Tony Awards and the media is telling me that it was “shocking” and “stunning.” It would have been far more “shocking” if De Niro didn't act like a vulgar triggered dipshit.
All these people crying about what Robert De Niro said are just admitting they hold celebrities to a higher standard than they hold the man they elected president. lets play the tapes of what he says about women. #RollThem #TonyAwards
Inarticulate, Low IQ Robert DeNiro screams 'F--- Trump' on The Tony Awards and gets a standing ovation. Nothing helps Pres Trump's popularity more then having the pompous, very elitist Broadway crowd boo him. https://t.co/5RXbrS0lVf #MAGA2018
Let me get this straight. The same people who called Barack Obama racial slurs, said Michelle Obama is a transgender, who calls Chelsea Clinton the donkey from Shrek are offended that Robert De Niro said Fuck Trump at the #TonyAwards🤔?