Robert De Niro came out swinging against Donald Trump at the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival opening on Wednesday, referring to Trump as our “Lowlife-in-Chief,” and rejecting Trump’s idea of what America should look like.
“The country has had a bad year, and you – the press – have taken a lot of hits,” De Niro told those in attendance. “America is being run by a madman who wouldn’t recognize the truth if it came inside a bucket of his beloved Colonel Sanders Fried Chicken.”
De Niro has been a vocal critic of Trump for a while. Last year, De Niro told graduates at Brown University that once they get out of school they will be entering into a “tragic, dumbass comedy,” referencing Donald Trump and the chaos he has caused.
He pointed out, during his speech, that there is a major difference between the culture of America once they entered school to the culture now.
“When you started school, the country was an inspiring, uplifting drama,” De Niro said during his talk.
“You are graduating into a tragic, dumbass comedy. My advice is to lock the Van Wickle Gates and stay here. But if you do leave, work for the change. Work to stop the insanity. Start now so the Class of 2018 will graduate into a better world.”
Numerous speakers have taken the opportunity during commencement to voice criticisms of Trump and his administration, and to encourage the students to be the change they want to be in the world.
In the past, when President Trump proposed serious cuts to art funding, De Niro had quite a bit to say in criticism of the move.
“The budget proposal, among its other draconian cuts to life-saving and life-enhancing programs, eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,” he said earlier this year.
“For their own divisive political purposes, the administration suggests that the money for these all-inclusive programs goes to rich liberal elites. This is what they now call an ‘alternative fact,’ but I call it bullshit.”
H/T: The Daily Mail