Actor Robert de Niro, who has a long history of attacking Donald Trump, called the President of the United States a “f***ing fool”‘ in a foul-mouthed rant as he presented Meryl Streep with a best actress award on Tuesday night.
Introducing Streep at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala in New York, De Niro took time out to call the President a “f***ing idiot” and compare his presidency to the fairytale of the Emperor’s New Clothes. The Oscar-winner also branded Trump the “baby-in-chief” and “jerk-off-in-chief” while discussing Streep’s new film The Post, which is about the publication of the Pentagon Papers into the Vietnam War.
Below is De Niro’s award speech blasting Donald Trump in full:
Thank you. First congratulations to Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks has played opposite some of the most iconic figures in American cinema.
In Turner and Hooch he co-starred with a humongous, slobbering French Mastiff. In Toy Story his nemesis was action figure Buzz Lightyear. And who could forget his award-winning performance in Castaway, opposite a volleyball named Wilson.
That brings us to The Post, and another signature performance from the extraordinary Meryl Streep.
Meryl is the most generous and giving actor. She not only inhabits her own character, she helps bring out the character of everyone else on the screen. Can a volleyball do that?
Not even if the volleyball was a stable genius.
It was fascinating to watch The Post.
That story took place nearly 50 years ago, but there are many parallels with today obviously.
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***ing idiot is the President. It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes – the guy is a f***ing fool.
The publication of the Pentagon Papers was a proud moment for American journalism. The Times and the Post challenged the government over critical First Amendment issues. And the press prevailed.
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 bats*** f***ing crazy. Ah the good old days.
The movie and my friend Meryl Streep showed us the evolution of courage – Kate Graham was forced into a man’s world and showed the world and showed all those men something about the qualities of daring and devotion to public service – qualities that were thought of as male. No longer.
But, astonishingly, today women are still struggling to get their rightful place and their fare share.
I am still fighting for Meryl to be able to get 79 cents of what a man would get to play Catherine Graham. It’s shameful, I know.
The good news is that I think we’re at a watershed moment and it’s about time. There are many to thank for that, but tonight is for Meryl Streep.
Meryl, thank you for speaking out on matters of conscience that affect us all. Thank you for being an actress who plays the most interesting characters with full commitment and without judgement.
You show us their heroism as well as their imperfections.
And I know that’s a stretch for you – because Meryl doesn’t seem to have any imperfections. And I say that with the most love for you, Meryl. I love you so much. Ladies and gentlemen, the National Board of Review’s best actress…