Donald Trump Hits Back at 'Pathetic' Robert De Niro

donald trump hits back at 'pathetic' robert de niro

Robert De Niro speaks in support of United States President Joe Biden outside of Manhattan Criminal Court as former U.S. President Donald Trump attends his criminal trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments on May 28, 2024 in New York City. Inset, Trump returns from a break during his hush money trial on May 28, 2024 in New York City. Trump hit back at De Niro's comments in a message posted to Truth Social on Tuesday.

Donald Trump has hit back at "wacko" Robert De Niro, after the actor mounted a protest outside the former president's hush-money trial on Tuesday.

The 80-year-old Oscar-winner was joined by two police officers—who were present at the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021—outside Manhattan Criminal Court. During the press conference on behalf of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, De Niro called Trump a "clown," along with accusing the 77-year-old of destroying democracy.

Closing arguments have started in Trump's New York criminal trial, which began in April. The Republican politician is accused of falsifying business documents to conceal hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 campaign run. Daniels said she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006.

The real-estate magnate has denied the affair allegations, as well as the 34 felony charges against him. Trump has repeatedly said that the case is part of a political witch hunt aimed at derailing his bid for the White House as the GOP candidate.

Trump criticized De Niro on the former president's social-media platform Truth Social. "I never knew how small, both mentally and physically, Wacko Former Actor Robert De Niro was," the business mogul wrote.

"Today, De Niro, who suffers from an incurable case of TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME, commonly known in the medical community as TDS, was met, outside the Courthouse, with a force far greater than the Radical Left - MAGA.

"Robert, whose movies, artistry, and brand have gone WAY DOWN IN VALUE since he entered the political arena at the request of Crooked Joe Biden, looked so pathetic and sad out there. Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio!!!"

De Niro was filmed arguing with Trump supporters following the session. In a video shared to X, formerly Twitter, by CBS News correspondent Matt Pieper, the actor can be heard calling MAGA fans "gangsters," while the crowd scream insults at him.

Dates have yet to be set for Georgia election-fraud and Florida classified-document suits—after the latter's original May 20 date was canceled—while the Washington Capitol riot case has been postponed indefinitely, following an appeal by Trump.

Tuesday's protest isn't the first time that De Niro has spoken out against Trump. During a recent appearance on The View, the actor called Trump "crazy" and a "gangster," urging Americans not to vote for the presumptive 2024 Republican candidate.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Update 05/29/24 04:11 a.m. ET: This article has been updated to include further information on Donald Trump's legal cases and Robert De Niro's ongoing criticism of the former president.

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