Donald Trump on De Niro's remarks: 'I like his acting ... [but] we're not dealing with Albert Einstein'
Things are getting heated between legendary actor Robert De Niro and Apprentice host/possible presidential candidate/rich person Donald Trump. Over the weekend, the notoriously reserved actor opened up to NBC’s Brian Williams during an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival, revealing some uncharacteristically candid opinions about politics.
“I won’t mention any of the certain people on the news in the last couple weeks,” De Niro said, after Williams mentioned how far apart the country has become politically. “But what are we doing? This is crazy. They’re making statements about people that they don’t even back up. Go get the facts before you start saying things about people.”
Though the actor didn’t explicitly refer to Trump, Williams countered, “Any of those people have shows on my network on Sunday night?”
“It’s like a big hustle. It’s like being a car salesman,” answered De Niro. “Don’t go out there and say things unless you can back them up. How dare you? That’s awful to do. To just go out there and speak and say these terrible things?”
It’s safe to assume De Niro was talking about the series of interviews Trump has given raising questions about President Obama’s birth certificate. And never one to take allegations laying down, The Donald has responded.
“I like his acting, but in terms of when I watch him doing interviews and various other things, we’re not dealing with Albert Einstein,” Trump told Fox & Friends Monday. “He can say what he wants, but the fact is that this guy has not revealed his birth certificate, a lot of people agree with me.” According to Fox News, Trump went on to say the actor is “not the brightest bulb on the planet.”