De Niro put Donald Trump on blast and then some during his introduction, referring to the President as both America's "baby-in-chief" and "jerkoff-in-chief". "That film took place almost 50 years ago, but there are many parallels today, obviously".
"Not even if the volleyball was a stable genius", De Niro quipped, referencing Trump's tweet last weekend declaring himself "like, really smart".
"At the time of the story Donald Trump was suffering with 'bone spurs, '" De Niro said sarcastically, referring to the disability that enabled Trump to avoid being drafted for that war.
The actor seemed to calm down right after his rant following the kiss from one of his older co-stars and "Best Actress" recipient of the night, Meryl Streep.
De Niro was speaking at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala.
He went on to lament that today's media is under siege by the Trump administration, nicknaming the president "our baby-in-chief".
"This (expletive) idiot is the president", De Niro continued. It's the Emperor's New Clothes. The movie gave us glimpses of President [Richard] Nixon as delusional, narcissistic, petty, vindictive, nasty, and batsh*t f**king insane. And again, just like 1971, the press is distinguishing itself with courageous, exacting journalism.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by Robert De Niro's speech? The audio is transcribed by The New York Times.