Robert De Niro is one of president Trump's most vocal critics, and now, he's criticised the Republican president once again.
This time, he's lambasted the president while giving a speech at the American Icon Awards. During the ceremony, the 75-year-old actor took the opportunity to criticise Trump while presenting an award to his long-time friend Al Pacino in Beverly Hills.
Speaking to the crowd after he'd delivered the beginning of his speech, he said:
You didn't think you were going to completely get away with it without a "f**k Trump" moment, did you?
He then continued:
'The progressives at the American Icon Awards call it the Tribute To Individuals Who Lead America. Not so fast... Evander Holyfield, my friend Quincy Jones and my life long compatriot Al Pacino don't lead America. Maybe they should, but they do fill their own essential roles.
People with great individual accomplishments who give us examples to look up at. They've earned our respect and admiration, and they deserve this tribute. On the other hand, the individual who currently purports to lead America is not worthy of any tribute.
Finally, he summed up:
Unless you think of his impeachment and imprisonment as a sort of tribute.
Now that's how you make America great again.
This isn't the first time that De Niro has been vocal about the president of the United States. So, here's a list of his most cutting moments of criticism.
1. April 2011, in an interview with Brian Williams at his Tribeca Film Festival
De Niro compared Trump, without naming him, to a "car salesman" who promises a lot but can't back it up.
2. August 2016, at a film festival in Sarajevo.
Speaking about Trump, De Niro said:
What he’s been saying is really totally crazy, ridiculous ... he is totally nuts.
3. October 2016, speaking in a #VoteYourFuture campaign video ad
He’s a punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con, a bull---- artist, a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care, thinks he’s gaming society, doesn’t pay his taxes
He talks (about) how he wants to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face.
4. November 2016, after Trump was elected
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, De Niro said:
I feel like I did after 9/11.
5. January 2017, at an anti-Trump rally in New York
Before he read out a list of parody Trump tweets, De Niro said that Donald Trump is:
A bad example of this country, this city
6. February 2017, speaking to The View.
In a conversation on the chat show, De Niro said that he wanted to punch Trump in the face, because bullies have to be confronted, reports
It was only a symbolic thing.
But he’s got to hear it. He’s got to hear that, you know, that’s how he makes people feel. It’s not good to feel that way. It’s not good to start that stuff up, but at the same time sometimes when people are bullies like that, that’s what you have to do to shut them up. Bully them back.
7. May 2017, commencement address at Brown University
De Niro said that America had 'turned into a tragic, dumbass comedy', thanks to Trump, reports
8. January 2018, De Niro says 'f*** Trump at the Tony Awards
In perhaps his most famous admonishment of the president of the United States, appearing on stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall, De Niro said:
I’m gonna say one thing. F***Trump.
9. August 2018, speaking to Deadline magazine
In an interview with Deadline, De Niro claimed that if Trump were smarter:
He’d be even more dangerous. He’s dangerous as it is. He’s terrible, and a flat-out blatant racist and doubling down on that, and it’s good that he does because he’s going to sink himself.
10. January 2018, at the National Board of Review gala
Speaking at the gala, De Niro went on a profanity-filled rant against Trump, saying he's an 'idiot', a 'fool', a 'baby-in-chief' and a 'jerk-in-chief'.
He also added that Trump has:
Put the press under siege, ridiculing it through trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies.
11. April 2019, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
When he was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, De Niro quipped:
People like the outlaw type thing, except we have a wannabe gangster in the White House now
Even gangsters have morals and they have ethics. They have a code and you know when you give somebody your word it’s your word because it’s all you have is your word. This guy, he doesn’t even know what that means.
12. May 2019, speaking at the American Icon Awards in Beverly Hills
In a speech praisinig his 'lifelong compatriot' Al Pacino, he added that Trump being impeached would be a way to 'make America great again'. He said:
Unless you think of his impeachment and imprisonment as a sort of tribute. And that’s how you’d make America great again.