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Actor Robert De Niro received an onslaught of criticism after he appeared at the Tony Awards on Sunday and said “F**k Trump.”
“It’s no longer ‘down with Trump,’ it’s ‘f**k Trump,’” De Niro said.
While he might have expected others in Hollywood to defend him, he probably didn’t expect someone to suggest President Donald Trump himself was to blame after the comments.
But that seemed to be the argument from Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic strategist who spoke on the issue while appearing on Fox News on Monday.
Watch Seawright’s commentary below:
When asked about De Niro’s remarks, Seawright said he probably would have chosen different words but seemed to praise De Niro for voicing people’s “frustration.”
“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. He went on to argue that people should be upset about Trump’s rhetoric if they were angry about De Niro’s.
“I mean, this type of language is accepted in Trump’s America,” Seawright claimed.
MSNBC host Joy Reid tweeted that De Niro’s remark symbolized Trump’s relationship with New York City:
Robert DeNiro’s Trump F-bomb at the Tony Awards is Trump’s relationship with New York City in a nutshell. He’s always a part of it, omnipresent, even, but only in the worst way.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 11, 2018
But Fox News host Brian Kilmeade had a different take, saying that De Niro’s comments were yet another reason not to watch “Meet the Parents,” a 2000 film in which De Niro co-starred.
Actress Alana Stewart added to the criticism, tweeting that De Niro’s comments were “so disrespectful to say about any sitting president”:
Can you just imagine what would’ve happened if an actor had said “F…. Obama” on the Tony Awards? Of course all the libs stood up & clapped. So disrespectful to say about any sitting president. I say F… DeNiro! Obnoxious buffoon! #RobertDeNiro #Tonys2018
— Alana Stewart (@AlanaKStewart) June 11, 2018