The actor made the comments on Monday night in New York City at the Friars Club, a private club located in Manhattan where he was presenting Billy Crystal with an entertainment icon award, Variety reported.
While giving Crystal the gong, De Niro shouted “F*** Crystal!” – a reference to this year’s Tony Awards, where he said among other other remarks: “F*** Trump.”
“I just get so upset with that jerkoff in the White House,” De Niro said at the Friars Club, eliciting boos from the crowd according to Variety.
“Boo is right! Down with this motherf*****!” he added.
The actor then joked that perhaps Crystal should take Trump’s place in the White House.
“We’ve got a dangerous buffoon-in-chief. What we need is a heroic comedian-in-chief”, he said.
De Niro, though, ultimately ruled that Crystal should remain in the comedy world.
“As much as we could use you in the never-been-more-white White House, I think it’s best to keep you right where you are – making us laugh and entertaining us like no one else,” he added.
Crystal, meanwhile, was asked who he would pick as the subject of the Friars Club’s next roast (the venue hosts one every year for a designated victim) – and also took a jab at Trump.
“Gee, I think he’s president,” Crystal said.
Incidentally, Trump was already roasted by the Friars Club back in 2004.
Richard Belzer referred to Trump on that occasion as “the man, the legend, the f****** grifter wrapped in a fraud perpetrated on society”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
De Niro has publicly taken aim at the president before.
In June, he earned a standing ovation for his remarks at the Tony Awards, which included: “I’m going to say one thing: F*** Trump. It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump.’ It’s f*** Trump," Variety reported at the time.
A few months prior, in January, De Niro called Trump a "f****** tool" during the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala.
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