*As someone that recognizes the threat to this country and the word as Donald Trump is, we can relate to the obvious frustration that folks like famed actor Robert De Niro has towards the POTUS. However, a lot of folks see his onstage f-bomb tirade against the orange a-hole in the White House as being counter-productive. Yep, it could actually help Trump.
One of those people is Steve Schmidt, a former John McClain presidential advisor and current MSNBC analyst who was disappointed in De Niro. He tweeted that the actor “could have stood for Decency. Instead he strengthened Trump’s hand by mirroring his debasement of our culture. Be better.”
The greatest actor of his generation could have said something important. He could have defended liberal democracy or freedom of speech and expression. He could have stood for Decency. Instead he strengthened Trump’s hand by mirroring his debasement of our culture. Be better . https://t.co/dicDBu8ReX
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 11, 2018
If you missed it, De Niro took the stage at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night, but CBS completely bleeped out his first words.
“F— Trump,” he said, referring to President Donald Trump.
De Niro threw his arms in the air defiantly as the crowd cheered and gave him a standing ovation.
“It’s no longer down with Trump,” he said. “It’s f— Trump.”
De Niro was actually there introduce “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen, who is starring in a Broadway production of his own, which has sold out tickets for months.
“Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else,” De Niro continued. “And even more important, 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.”
Springsteen laughed as he sat down at the piano to play.
As you probably already know, De Niro has been an outspoken critic of Trump for quite some time now. Back in May he even went as far as to bar the president from visiting any locations of his swanky restaurant, Nobu. The actor, producer, and director has also played the special counsel Robert Mueller on “Saturday Night Live.”
Watch the bleeped-out clip of De Niro’s Tonys appearance below:
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 11, 2018
And here is the non-bleeped version:
— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) June 11, 2018