Robert De Niro, who recently introduced Bruce Springsteen's performance at the Tony Awards, created headlines when he decided to send a profanity-filled message to Donald Trump.
He said, "I just want to say one thing... F**k Trump. It's no longer down with Trump. It's f**k Trump."
The powerful political statement earned him a huge round of cheers and standing ovation from the crowd. The comment was later bleeped out in CBS's broadcast but the damage had been done.
Welcoming Springsteen to the stage, De Niro added: "Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else and even more importantly in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, truth, transparency and integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now."
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Naturally, known for his childish retorts, Trump tweeted back on the same, with one of his favourite jabs — “low IQ”
“Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received too many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be ‘punch-drunk I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all-time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!," he tweeted.
Playwright Tony Kushner who bagged an award that night praised the veteran actor for his nerves. He said, "I can't believe De Niro did that. Good for him. I mean, it's Robert De Niro. Who's gonna argue with him?"
Kushner went even further, calling Trump's presidency "the Hitler mistake" that put a "borderline psychotic narcissist in the White House".
However, this isn't the first time De Niro has spoken up about the president.
"Our country is led by a president who believes he can make up his own truth. And we have a word for that: bullsh*t," he said last week while praising the winners of the first Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin American Writer Award in New York. "So, what about the truth? What does the truth even mean today? I mean, if you're Donald Trump, it doesn't mean anything."