Trump Hits Back at De Niro, Gives Actor New Nickname


President Donald Trump took a shot back at Robert De Niro following the veteran actor’s profanity-laced tirade against the president at Sunday’s Tony Awards.

“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,'” Trump tweeted Tuesday.

“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!” the president added.

The Washington Examiner reported that De Niro — while appearing at a groundbreaking ceremony for a Nobu hotel in Toronto on Monday — apologized for the “idiotic behavior of my president,” following Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada in retaliation for various tariffs the northern neighbor has imposed on U.S. products.

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De Niro received a standing ovation at the Tony Awards in New York City Sunday night after launching into a tirade against Trump.

Before introducing a performance by rocker Bruce Springsteen, De Niro veered off script, proclaiming, “I’m gonna say one thing: F— Trump!” as he clenched his two fists in the air, which brought roars of approval from the Tony crowd.

“It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s ‘F— Trump!’” the Hollywood star said.

In a tweet Monday, “Hercules” actor Kevin Sorbo specifically took on the notion that people would not argue with De Niro because of his tough guy persona, stating that “tens of millions would.”

“Just because he plays tough guys, doesn’t make him one,” Sorbo wrote.

De Niro won the best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of boxer Jake LaMotta in the Martin Scorsese-directed film “Raging Bull” (1980).

The Italian-American star played the young Mafia boss Vito Corleone in the 1974 movie “The Godfather Part II” and Chicago mobster Al Capone in 1987’s “The Untouchables.”

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More recently, De Niro portrayed the slightly neurotic Jack Byrnes in “Meet the Parents” (2000) and its sequels.

In 2013, he played opposite Sylvester Stallone in the comedy “Grudge Match” about two old boxers who decide to settle an old score in the ring.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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