ROBERT DE NIRO used a Lifetime Achievement Award speech last night to slam the Trump administration’s “abuses of power”… again.
The Irishman actor, 76, was recognized for his 50-year career by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) at the Shrine Auditorium in LA on Sunday evening.
Stepping on stage to a rousing standing ovation, De Niro’s speech predictably turned to politics as he took aim at President Trump.
And although he didn’t mention the president by name, he made it clear who he was referring to ahead of his impeachment hearing Tuesday.
De Niro said: “There´s right, and there´s wrong and there's common sense, and there´s abuse of power, and as a citizen I have as much right as anyone else… to voice my opinion.
“And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I´m going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power. And that´s all I´m going say about that tonight.”
The acting legend has emerged as one of Trump's most vocal critics in Hollywood.
In September 2016, he called the president “stupid” in a video message.
He said: “He’s so blatantly stupid. He’s a punk. He’s a dog. He’s a pig. A con. A bulls**t artist.
"A mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I’d like to punch him in the face.”
In 2018, he launched an expletive-laden attack on the president on live television at the Tony Awards.
Trump responded on Twitter by calling De Niro "a very low-key individual", saying: “He 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'."
And on ABC programme The View, the actor – famed for his roles in films such as The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull – said he would “disown his own children if they acted like Trump’s”.
The president has been the subject of derision by countless Hollywood stars.
In 2017, chat show host Jimmy Kimmel said: "He doesn’t know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid; he barely knows the difference between Melania and Ivanka."
During a New York united rally in 2017, Cher said: “Never once did I dream that there would be one through arrogance and ignorance, who could change our world, who could change the face of our world."
And Harry Potter creator and author J.K Rowling blasted the president on Twitter, saying: "Voldemort was nowhere near as bad."
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