Robert De Niro gets standing ovation for Trump blast at Tony Awards

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De Niro's expletive, also called the "F-bomb", was bleeped by the CBS television network for millions of television watchers.

Robert De Niro rallied the Tony Awards crowd by chanting "F. Trump", on Sunday, but that was hardly new material for Bobby D.

De Niro, a respected Oscar-winning actor, opened his introduction of rocker Bruce Springsteen with a brief quip: "I'm gonna to say one thing".

In 2016, when Trump was the Republican presidential candidate, De Niro slammed him as "blatantly stupid", "totally nuts", and an "idiot". "It's no longer 'down with Trump, ' 'it's 'f_ Trump'".

After gasps, the audience erupted into applause and gave De Niro a standing ovation.

"Boy, do we need that now".

"With regards to the news today, sir, I have only two words for you: Thank you", said Toronto Mayor John Tory to De Niro.

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And the more level-headed commenters pointed out the ultimate hollowness of De Niro's habitual statement.

"I do think he speaks to the frustration, anger of a lot of people in this country on the left and the right", Seawright said.

The two-time Academy Award-winner was in Toronto Monday to promote Nobu Residences, his restaurant, hotel and condo project in conjunction with top chef Nobu Matsuhisha.

Trump took to Twitter to blast Trudeau, calling him "very dishonest and weak" shortly after leaving the summit early aboard Air Force One.

De Niro has been an outspoken critic of Trump in the past.

While on The View, Meghan McCain said: 'When you are talking about how Trump's degrading our national discourse with his language, this is not the way to combat Trump, it only helps him'.

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