In a true demonstration of modern-day courage, actor Robert De Niro took to the stage at the Tony Awards in New York City on Sunday to go on a profanity-laced tirade against President Donald Trump in front of a thousand rich liberals in the audience. On the stage to introduce Bruce Springsteen, De Niro left no doubt as to where his little speech was heading.
“I’m gonna say one thing: F*ck Trump,” De Niro shouted as he took to the microphone. “It’s no longer down with Trump, it’s f*ck Trump!”
The actor, star of legendary films like Taxi Driver and Goodfellas, lifted his fists in the air as the Trump-hating audience broke into a standing ovation.
“Bruce,” the actor continued, “you can rock the house like nobody else. 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.”
This is hardly the first time that De Niro has made known his hostile feelings toward the sitting president. In addition to taking a couple of turns playing Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Saturday Night Live, the actor has sprinkled his disdain for Trump into multiple interviews over the past year. In March, he bashed Trump at a fundraiser, telling the audience that the president was lacking in intelligence.
“A college education is important, but education without humanity is ignorance,” he said at the time. “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.”
This kind of stuff plays like a fiddle in a posh NYC awards show like The Tony’s. And it undoubtedly played well with anyone actually interested in tuning into such a show. Certainly, it was met with rousing enthusiasm from virtually every pundit in the national media.
Beyond that? This doesn’t change any minds. In fact, it only solidifies the fact that this #Resistance against Trump is something we’ve all seen before. Anyone who was alive and aware during the George W. Bush administration will remember that celebrities were every bit as vocal and profane about their hatred for the president in those days as they are now. And yes, they were making many of the same references – Hitler, dictator, fascist, war criminal – as they are making about Trump. It’s no different; they’re just pretending that it is.
We think the majority of Americans see through this nonsense, but we suppose 2020 will tell us for certain.