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Raging bulls: Donald Trump fires back at De Niro

April 25, 2011 |  1:11 pm


In an appearance on Saturday, Robert De Niro questioned Donald Trump's integrity. In an appearance on Monday, Trump questioned De Niro's intelligence.

Speaking to a Tribeca Film Festival audience this past weekend on the issue of politics, the actor said that some are "making statements about people they don't even back up. It's a big hustle."

He was referring, apparently, to Trump's birther crusade against President Obama. De Niro never mentioned Trump by name, but when moderator Brian Williams interjected wondering whether De Niro was referring to a personality who had a show on NBC, De Niro tacitly acknowledged it by continuing the tear against Trump: "How dare you? That's awful. Just to go out there and say things you can't back up. That's crazy."

Speaking by phone to the hosts of "Fox & Friends" on Monday morning, Trump let his own resentment fly. "Well, he's not the brightest bulb on the planet," the mogul said of De Niro. "I have been watching  over the years and I like his acting, but in terms of when I watch him doing interviews and various other things, we are not dealing with Albert Einstein." Trump went on to continue to hammer at the birther theme. (The video is below; relevant portions start at about the 3:00 mark.)

It was the second time in a week that Trump took aim at an entertainer. After Jerry Seinfeld pulled out of a Trump charity event over the birther comments, the "Celebrity Apprentice" star/producer went after Seinfeld and his failed show "The Marriage Ref," calling it "terrible."

Public interview skills have been a shaky area for De Niro -- Saturday's event further underscored it -- though it's rarely been seen by those who poke at it, including Williams and David Letterman, as a matter of intelligence so much as awkwardness or introversion.

Of course, there may be a larger end-game in Trump taking a shot at De Niro or Seinfeld: If the coiffed one is indeed serious about a bid for president, he could find worse strategies than running against liberal Hollywood.

--Steven Zeitchik



Tribeca 2011: Fitfully, Robert De Niro talks about his acting past and future (and Donald Trump)

Photo: Donald Trump addressing the CPAC convention. Credit:  Alex Brandon / Associated Press

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Trump said Obama hasn't produced his birth certificate. What does that idiot DeNiro want "backed up"? Obama HASN'T produced his birth certificat, that is a FACT Robert! You are indeed an idiot.

If the other candidates running for president ever went after Trump's personal issues the way he is going after Obama, they could have a field day!! Let him explain cheating on all of his wives--obviously no integrity. Bankrupt 5 times? Driving a casino into bankruptcy--takes talent to do that! Definitely knows how to play the system. And I bet Ivana knows where a few bodies are buried--hopefully she starts talking soon.

I hope he runs for months and months because this is going to be fabulous entertainment during summer reruns. The guy is unintentionally hilarious. And he'll split the GOP right down the middle until he drops out, which of course he will. The guy just can't take any heat. Have you noticed how he attacks Everyone (even nondescript columnists) who says anything about him that doesn't feed his ego. He gets personal, nasty--just real ugly. His Achilles heel, and what will do him in, is not his ignorance of politics, but his ego, what else?

anyone who's ever heard Deniro speak in an interview or otherwise, knows he has about an 83 I Q. meanwhile Donald has about 143 I Q. don't even get started trying to compare intelligence between the two.

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