Robert De Niro’s Trump Speech Sparks MAGA Fury

Robert De Niro’s speech outside former president Donald Trump‘s hush money trial has divided the internet.

The Oscar-winning actor gave a press conference on behalf of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris presidential campaign outside the Manhattan court where closing arguments in hush money trial were underway. The former president has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying business records in 2016 over paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence over an alleged affair between them.

De Niro traded barbs with Trump supporters after his speech in which he spoke of the January 6, 2021, riots at the U.S. Capitol, and his love for New York City.

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Robert De Niro after speaking to the media in front of Manhattan Criminal Court on May 28, 2024, in New York City. He has come under the ire of Trump supporters for his comments outside…

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“I love this city. I don’t want to destroy it,” De Niro said. “Donald Trump wants to destroy not only the city but the country, and, eventually, he could destroy the world.”

“But [Donald Trump] doesn’t belong in my city… We New Yorkers used to tolerate him when he was just another grubby real estate hustler masquerading as a big shot,” the actor said. “A two-bit playboy lying his way into the tabloids… a clown…

This city is pretty accommodating. We make room for clowns. We have them all over the city—people who do crazy things in the street. We tolerate it, it’s part of the city’s culture but not a person like Trump who will eventually run the country. That does not work and we all know that.”

The comments about New York sparked criticism from conservative pundits on Fox News. The Trump campaign’s national press secretary, Karoline Leavitt, described De Niro as an “out-of-touch elitist.”

Actor Rob Schneider told News Max, “I refuse to give into this fear mongering.” He slammed De Niro’s claim that Trump would not leave the White House if reelected as president again.

“For him to say today that [Trump’s] never gonna leave [office], I mean, he left once, so the evidence is he did leave,” Schneider said on Tuesday.

But others defended the Raging Bull actor after former judge Jeanine Pirro criticized De Niro’s speech and said on Fox News, “My question for Robert De Niro is, what have you done for New York City?!”

Justin Barangoa, a senior reporter at The Daily Beast, shared the clip of Pirro and listed some of De Niro’s accomplishments.

“I mean, outside of the Tribeca Film Festival and building the $600 million Wildflower Studios in Queens, I guess nothing,” he wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Michelle Kinney, executive director at The Lincoln Foundation, a pro-democracy advocacy group also defended the actor.

“Robert De Niro co-founded Tribeca Film Festival to rebuild and revitalize Tribeca and lower Manhattan after the entire area was decimated on September 11 you absolute f***** bozos,” she wrote on X.