Actor Robert De Niro on Tuesday unleashed on President Trump in a profanity-laden tirade at an awards gala.
“This f------g idiot is the president,” he said, according to The New York Times. “It’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ – the guy is a f------g fool.”
“Our government today, with the propping [up] of our baby-in-chief – the jerk 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 continued.
“And again, just like 1971, the press is distinguishing itself with brave exacting journalism.”
De Niro was introducing actress Meryl Streep at the National Board of Review’s annual awards gala in New York City.
The actor was speaking about Streep in relation to her performance in “The Post,” a movie that debuted with a limited release in the U.S. last month.
“The Post” recounts The Washington Post’s battles with the federal government in the early 1970s to report on the Pentagon Papers.
The Pentagon Papers detailed the U.S. government’s covert actions during the Vietnam War, and their public coverage in the media was heavily resisted by former President Richard Nixon.
Streep plays Kay Graham, America’s first female newspaper publisher, during her tenure overseeing The Post during the Pentagon Papers saga.
De Niro has long derided Trump, calling him a “flat-out blatant racist” last year and suggesting he would like to “punch him in the face” in a 2016 video.
The actor endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during that year’s presidential election before her loss to Trump.
“We have the opportunity to keep a comedy from turning into a tragedy,” he said in November 2016, days before Trump defeated Clinton. “Vote for Hillary, Tuesday.”