Robert De Niro slams Donald Trump at Samantha Bee's 'Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner'
Academy-Award winning actor Robert De Niro is no fan of President (and WWE Hall of Famer) Donald Trump. During an acceptance speech at the 2018 National Board of Review Awards, he called the president a "f***ing fool," an "idiot" and the "baby-in-chief.” He even banned Trump from his Nobu restaurants, although it's unlikely Trump would ever eat there, given his affinity for fast food.
While presenting Bruce Springsteen at the 2018 Tony Awards, De Niro slammed Trump once again. " F*** Trump," said the Raging Bull star. "It's no longer 'down with Trump', it's f*** Trump." The vulgar rant received a standing ovation from the audience, and a hilariously juvenile response from the president on Twitter.
On Sunday night, De Niro appeared on Samantha Bee's Not The White House Correspondents' dinner to encourage everyone to donate to the Committee To Protect Journalists.
The First Amendment to the US Constitution grants the right to a free press, yet President Trump frequently calls the media "the enemy of the people." The CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that defends the right of journalists worldwide to report the news without fear of reprisal; an important cause in a world where the #MAGA-bomber tried to kill several US journalists, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Watch Robert De Niro roast President Donald Trump
De Niro began his speech by riffing on Trump's Orwellian use of the term "fake news," which he uses to describe real news that about himself is unflattering. For example, the 400-page Mueller report revealed that journalists mostly got it right on Trump and Russia,. And Politifact's list of false statements by President Trump is staggering, to say the least.
“I’m happy to stand with Samantha Bee tonight to support the First Amendment," De Niro told the audience. "The right of the president to be a relentless and unrepentant, lying scumbag, the right of his supporters to not give a ***, and our right to do something about it."
He added: "When you’re casting your ballot, imagine looking into Trump’s eyes. You’ll find them just above those creepy white puffy pouches. And saying, You’re fired. Something will come over you, you’ll feel an exquisite release. And you won’t have to fake it."
Samantha Bee's "Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner" was filmed last Friday, while the the real White House Correspondents' Dinner, aka "nerd prom," took place on Saturday. The annual dinner typically features a speech from a comedian who roasts the president, his administration, the media political figures from both sides of the aisle. It's traditional for the president and the vice president to attend, but Trump declined for the third year in a row - and this year, he even told his staff to boycott the event.
Instead of attending WHCD, Trump threw a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he made several false statements. The barrage of bluster included the outrageous falsehood that Wisconsin mothers and doctors are given the choice whether or not to to "execute" babies, after the they are born. "The baby is born. The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby," Trump said, falsely.