Robert De Niro slammed Donald Trump Tuesday as he took the stage in Los Angeles during an event for the Fulfillment Fund.
De Niro, 74, shared his thoughts on the president at the bash thrown by the L.A.-based charity, which provides financial aid, counselling, mentoring, scholarships, and college field trips for low-income students.
On the same evening Trump, 71, made his first official visit to the city since entering the White House. De Niro blasted: “A college education is important, but education without humanity is ignorance. Look at our president. He made it through (the) University of Pennsylvania, so he was exposed to a quality education, but he’s still an idiot.”
The actor then insisted, according to Variety, “We have to do something about it. Sorry. He lacks any sense of humanity or compassion. Of course, he did have to overcome the curse of growing up rich and spoiled and endure the heartbreak of bone spurs — maybe that had an effect.”
De Niro, who appeared at the event alongside Bradley Cooper, went on: “Now I’m not trying to turn this non-political event into a political one, but as long as our country’s leadership is so appalling and so corrupt, I’ll be speaking out at every venue.
“To be silent in the face of such villainy is to be complicit, and it’s especially appropriate tonight because Trump treats education as a con, a way to make a profit at the expense of the suckers.”
“Anyone here planning to get their higher education at Trump University? But don’t be discouraged young people, get your degree from a legitimate institution, you don’t have to become president. You can get an honest job and become president and restore integrity and dignity to the job of being president. In stark contrast to the Trump world of dishonesty and greed, tonight we celebrate generosity and devotion to service.”
This isn’t the first time De Niro has attacked Trump, with the actor calling the POTUS a “f**king idiot” at the National Board of Review gala back in January.