Twitter isn't happy with the harsh words Robert De Niro had for President Trump on Tuesday night.
De Niro bashed the president while he was introducing Meryl Streep at the National Board of Review awards for her portrayal of the late Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in The Post.
De Niro's piercing words and name-calling — which included “jerk-off-in-chief” and “f—ing tool” — were not welcomed by many on Twitter, who told the 74-year-old to stick to acting, among other things.
Hey Robert DeNiro
You pretend. That’s your job.
Being real is not why you are in the public eye.
I’m not defending Trump. It’s just important to remind people of why you are, who you are and what you represent.
You make believe, play act.
That’s it.#RobertDeNiro— AsonOmaN (@theguestchamber) January 10, 2018
Too late. I used to like #RobertDeNiro as an actor. However, he's in the same boat as #SeanPenn . Both those anti-America, tyranny loving Libs can go to hell. I will never watch or support their movies again. #MAGA #AmericaTheBeautiful https://t.co/56iqFEWyzq— SemperFi MAGA🇺🇸🚂 (@LogicPrevail) January 8, 2018
"Today the world is suffering from @realDonaldTrump " ~Robert Deniro
4% GDP, Strong economy, Strong military, Low unemployment rate, Decline of ISIS, Border security, Booming stock market, Tax cuts, & larger paychecks is suffering?? #RobertDeNiro Ass Clown!— Let Trump Be Trump (@sayitnspinit) January 10, 2018
Things #RobertDeNiro hates:— GmanFan45 (@GmanFan45) January 10, 2018
💥Stock market at all time highs
💥$1,000 bonuses to hundreds of thousands of workers
💥@Potus that support Troops and LEOs
💥No more crippling regulations
💥End to refugees and illegal immigration
#RobertDeNiro I find your foul mouth offensive. You are the fool and moron. I'm from Jersey and I don't think you ever had it in you to punch ANYONE in the mouth. Your just an actor caught up in your own scripts. Please keep your big mouth shut. @realDonaldTrump— David Jones (@davidj7) January 10, 2018
Not all social media reactions were negative toward the award-winning actor. Some praised him for his honesty, while others pointed out that Trump is a celebrity himself.
What a goddamn pleasant surprise it is this morning to see an iconic male celebrity trending and find out it's because he went on an eloquent, expletive-filled rant against Trump.
And yes, expletives can absolutely be eloquent. #RobertDeNiro— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 10, 2018
"No one cares what celebrities like Robert De Niro have to say about politics!"— Milan (@Milan08300334) January 10, 2018
- people who elected a celebrity to run their country #RobertDeNiro
People will go nuts about #RobertDeNiro’s an actor, doesn’t know what he’s talking about & should stay out of politics. These are the same people bowing before the former host of a game show who managed to go bankrupt five times, but is a bigly business success and stable genius. https://t.co/okvKsB1tuT— Danny (@iamdmann) January 10, 2018
During his speech, De Niro likened Trump to President Nixon and the Pentagon Papers, attempting to tie in his political tirade to his task of introducing Streep as the best actress winner.
In Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Nixon is exposed as a “delusional, narcissistic, petty” leader who attempted to silence the Washington Post and The New York Times for publishing the Pentagon Papers, which unraveled a web of lies by the government.
“Today the world is suffering from 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,” De Niro ranted, according to a transcript published by The New York Times.
“Our baby-in-chief – the j—off-in-chief, I call him – has put the press under siege, ridiculing it through trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies,” De Niro said. “And again, just like 1971, the press is distinguishing itself with brave, exacting journalism.”
De Niro held back no punches during his speech; the Associated Press reports that because the event is not televised, speakers and award recipients have the opportunity to be "more free-wheeling" with their words than at similar events.