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Standing ovation for De Niro's expletive at Trump

June 11, 2018 10:40 AM
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NEW YORK: Hollywood megastar Robert De Niro got a standing ovation at the Tony Awards for using an expletive to condemn US President Donald Trump.

The Oscar-winning De Niro, 74, was at the annual event for the top US theater awards late Sunday to announce an award for rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

"I'm going to say one thing - fuck Trump!" he said, pumping his fists in the air.

The crowd at New York's Radio City Music Hall began cheering, then gave him a standing ovation.

The CBS television network, which was broadcasting the event live but with a delay of a few seconds, scrambled to bleep out De Niro's expletive.

The actor urged the crowd to vote in the Nov midterm elections, and praised Springsteen for the singer's political activism.

It was hardly the first time that De Niro, who was born in New York and lives in the city, attacked fellow New Yorker Trump.

In 2016, when Trump was the Republican presidential candidate, De Niro slammed him as "blatantly stupid," "totally nuts," and an "idiot".

In response to a Trump statement about handling protesters at one of his rallies, De Niro said: "He wants to punch people in the face? I'd like to punch him in the face!"

And at a 2017 speech at Brown University he described the Trump administration as a "tragic, dumbass comedy."


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