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Robert De Niro attends a screening of HBO's "The Wizard of Lies" at the Museum of Modern Art on Thursday, May 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Robert De Niro said the US has been reduced to 'a tragic dumbass comedy'


While speaking to a class of Brown University graduates on Sunday, Oscar winner Robert De Niro said that while the U.S. had once been an "inspiring uplifting drama," it has recently turned into "a tragic dumbass comedy," the Associated Press reported.

De Niro urged graduates to "work to stop the insanity" and to make contemporary society a better place in which to live.

A day before his commencement address, De Niro described the state of political affairs as "nightmarish" and called President Trump an "idiot," Entertainment Weekly reported

De Niro has regularly been critical of Trump, saying last summer that he was "totally nuts" and unqualified" to be president. 

A month before the election, De Niro was filmed during an outtake for a celebrity endorsement video saying he'd "like to punch [Trump] in the face." 

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