Robert De Niro bleeped at Tony Awards for toss­ing Trump F-bomb

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NEW YORK (AP) — With a bleep on live tele­vi­sion and dou­ble fists raised in the air, Robert De Niro got the the­ater crowd on its feet at the Tony Awards with a rous­ing po­lit­i­cal in­tro­duc­tion of his old friend Bruce Spring­steen that was fo­cused squarely else­where: on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

De Niro, a staunch Trump op­po­nent, dropped a cou­ple of F-bombs heard clearly by the Ra­dio City Mu­sic crowd Sun­day night. The CBS tele­vi­sion au­di­ence heard dead si­lence in­stead be­fore he raised his arms — twice — and earned a sus­tained stand­ing ova­tion.

The leg­endary ac­tor urged the au­di­ence to vote in Novem­ber and lauded Spring­steen for his own po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ment be­fore the singer sat at a pi­ano for a mov­ing per­for­mance based on his “Spring­steen on Broad­way” show that had him singing his clas­sic hit, “My Hometown.”

De Niro said of Spring­steen: “Bruce, you can rock the house like no­body else and even more im­por­tantly in these per­ilous times, you rock the vote, al­ways fight­ing for, in your own words, truth, trans­parency and in­tegrity in govern­ment. Boy, do we need that now.”

The anti-Trump sen­ti­ment swept back­stage as play­wright Tony Kush­ner and oth­ers from “An­gels in Amer­ica” spoke to re­porters about its three big wins: best play re­vival and act­ing tro­phies for An­drew Garfield and Nathan Lane

“I agree,” Kush­ner said when asked about the De Niro mo­ment, drop­ping an F-bomb of his own in re­la­tion to the pres­i­dent.

“I can’t be­lieve De Niro did that,” Kush­ner said. “Good for him. I mean, it’s Robert De Niro. Who’s gonna ar­gue with him?”

Kush­ner went even fur­ther, call­ing Trump’s pres­i­dency “the Hitler mis­take” that put a “bor­der­line psy­chotic nar­cis­sist in the White House.”

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