Trump hits back at "punch-drunk" Robert De Niro for his Tony Awards speech

Trump hits back at "punch-drunk" Robert De Niro for his Tony Awards speech

With his speech, De Niro joined forces with many celebrities who have spoken up against Trump, either on television, reality shows or at award ceremonies

The war of words between US president Donald Trump and actor Robert De Niro is not a recent phenomenon, but something which has been happening for quite some time now. And the feud between the two personalities reached a new level after De Niro attacked the president in an expletive-ridden diatribe during his speech at the Tony Awards held recently.

De Niro took the stage at the 72nd Tony Awards to introduce musician Bruce Springsteen's performance and wasted no time before hurling the f-bombs: "I'm gonna say one thing: f*** Trump! It's no longer 'down with Trump', it's f*** Trump!"

And now, it looks like Trump has given his own answer to De Niro's insults through his Twitter account, which is usually his favorite medium to pass on messages to his thousands of followers. In his tweet, the POTUS claims that the actor has taken "too many shots to the head" after his condemning speech became a viral sensation.

Robert De Niro speaks onstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Robert De Niro speaks onstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

The president wrote on Twitter, "Robert De Niro, a very low IQ individual, has received too many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be 'punch-drunk.'"

He continued, "I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all-time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!"

With his hate speech, De Niro joined forces with many celebrities who have spoken up against Trump, either on television, reality shows or at award ceremonies, including, Jimmy Kimmel, Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Chelsea Handler, Lady Gaga, John Legend and several others.

The celebrities have reportedly complained about Trump's abusive use of powers to exploit both women and the ones who are not as powerful as him.  

Although CBS bleeped the audio for the live telecast, it was later revealed that the actor asked the audience members to cast their votes in the primaries in November and commended Springsteen for his own political alignment, just before he went to play his set.

U.S. President Donald Trump answers a final question while departing a press conference following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un June 12, 2018 in Singapore. Trump described his meeting with Kim as 'better than anyone could have expected.' (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump answers a final question while departing a press conference following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un June 12, 2018 in Singapore. Trump described his meeting with Kim as 'better than anyone could have expected.' (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

De Niro said, "Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else and even more importantly in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, truth, transparency, and integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now."

And although De Niro did issue an apology after his speech at the awards ceremony, instead of apologizing to the president, he chose to apologize for him in an extremely tongue-in-cheek statement.

"I just want to make a note of apology for the idiotic behavior of my president," he said. "It's a disgrace. And I apologize to [Canadian Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau and the other people at the G7. It's disgusting."