Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

De Niro Labels Reporters 'Our Saviors' During Rant About 'Madman' Trump

De Niro Labels Reporters 'Our Saviors' During Rant About 'Madman' Trump

"People have to speak out", the Academy Award victor, promoting his annual Tribeca Film Festival, added.

Robert De Niro is a man who does not give a fuck, if his speech to the press to launch the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival is anything to go by, as he tears into US President Donald Trump.

And this: "When [Trump] doesn't like what he hears, he dismisses it by saying it's un-American and damning it as 'fake news.' But we know the truth".

The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival in NY kicked off on Wednesday with the premiere of Love, Gilda, a documentary about late comedian Gilda Radner.

At a kickoff luncheon for press, De Niro referred to Trump as "our Lowlife-in-Chief" and rejected what he referred to as the president's narrow definition of America.

Robert De Niro speaks at the "We Stand United" rally on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration outside Trump International Hotel and Tower in NY on January 19, 2017 in NY.

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"The country has had a bad year, and you - the press - have taken a lot of hits", De Niro told the reporters in attendance.

"When you look at what happened with Time's Up and #MeToo, it was just natural for us to emphasize that in our programming", Rosenthal said, while fittingly wearing a "Girl Power" t-shirt.

Calling director Lisa D'Apolito's film, which features rare and unseen footage and taped and written diary entries, "a miracle", emotional Tina added, "It felt like I was getting to spend time with someone that I never knew, that I very much would have wanted to spend time with".

Earlier in the day, De Niro explained that because of Trump he has been forced to "speak out" and be more political active than he has ever been in his life.

Digging into this year's Tribeca offerings, De Niro assured Fallon that the festival will keep going as long as the city does. "People have to speak out". This administration is beyond belief. "It has to stop".

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