In a recent development that has reignited their long-standing rivalry, former President Donald Trump has responded to actor Robert De Niro's criticisms. This response comes following De Niro's comments at the Gotham Awards, where he presented an award for Celine Song’s drama "Past Lives."
During the award presentation on November 27, De Niro experienced an unexpected turn when he discovered his prepared remarks, which included a critique of Trump, were partially omitted. Undeterred, De Niro read the full version from his phone, expressing his disapproval of the former president's actions and rhetoric, including Trump's frequent use of the term "Pocahontas" as a derogatory reference.
Trump's rebuttal came nearly a week later via a post on Truth Social, where he criticized De Niro's acting skills and accused him of disrespecting the country. Trump's scathing remarks suggested that De Niro, who he labeled a "total loser," has seen a decline in both his acting career and personal life.
The controversy extended to the speech's editing process. Initially, De Niro's speech was edited to exclude specific references to Trump, prompting speculation about censorship. A report by Variety revealed that the speech's last-minute alteration was orchestrated by someone claiming to work for Apple. This led to a broader discussion about the influence of corporations on public discourse.
The incident has raised questions about the role of corporate entities in shaping the content of speeches at public events, especially in high-profile settings like award shows. It's unclear whether the changes to De Niro's speech were a result of miscommunication or intentional censorship.
De Niro, known for his open criticism of Trump, has previously described the former president in unflattering terms, questioning his leadership and warning against the potential consequences of his re-election.
This latest exchange between Trump and De Niro adds another chapter to their ongoing public feud, highlighting the intersection of politics, entertainment, and corporate influence in contemporary discourse.