Robert De Niro shouts 'F*** em!' as he lashes pro-Trump critics in foul-mouthed live TV rant branding president 'medically crazy'
ROBERT De Niro shouted "F*** em!" in a foul-mouthed live TV rant against his pro-Donald Trump critics yesterday.
The Oscar-winning star also lashed out at the president himself – who he branded a "gangster" and suggested could be "medically crazy".
It was a knowing put-down by De Niro, 76, who himself is best known for playing hard-nosed underworld mobsters.
Asked about Trump's media backers and their attacks on him, the Raging Bull star said: "F*** em – F*** em!", live on Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter.
A voice from off-set could be heard yelling, “Woah!” at De Niro’s double F-bomb rant – before the actor says: "Sorry. Sorry."
Stunned host Stelter replied: "This is cable, so it’s not an FCC [Federal Communications Commission] violation, but it still is a Sunday morning."
TRUMP 'A GANGSTER'
De Niro took part in the popular Sunday magazine show as he promotes his groundbreaking new gangster epic The Irishman.
The 3hr 30min Martin Scorsese-directed epic sees De Niro reunited with fellow tough-guy acting greats Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.
During the full interview, which Stelter posted online, De Niro said he believed the president wasn’t capable of resigning from office.
He also described the president as a “gangster” and called Trump “crazy.”
Stelter asked if De Niro meant in the medical sense.
“Possibly medically too,” De Niro said.
“I didn’t think that before, but now I actually – when I saw him out in front of the helicopter waiting to go somewhere, talking endlessly and sweating and sweating."
He added: "This guy, he’s not even aware of what he’s – he should at least ask somebody for a handkerchief or something and dry himself off.”
“There’s just something very strange,” the actor added.
ALL AN ACT
Stelter asked the Taxi Driver star if he thought Trump’s behaviour could be acting.
“In some ways, I think he is,” De Niro answered.
It comes as Trump faces the threat of impeachment being brought by the Democrats over the Ukraine scandal.
The president is accused of enlisting the foreign power to help dig dirt on Joe Biden – his Democrat rival – in breach of the law.
Trump has insisted the explosive claims – first flagged by a CIA whistleblower who he claims is a political stooge – are unfounded.
He's repeatedly insisted he put "no pressure" on Ukraine during the July call to Volodymyr Zelensky.
That call came days after Trump ordered around $400million in military aid to Ukraine be withheld – a move critics say was an effort to create leverage.
Parts of this article originally appeared on PageSix.com
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