De Niro: Also not a fan of Trump's 'birther' claims
April 25th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

De Niro: Also not a fan of Trump's 'birther' claims

Donald Trump’s "birther" claims don’t seem to be winning the mogul a lot of supporters in Hollywood: Robert De Niro is the latest star to speak out against Trump’s frequent questioning of President Obama’s citizenship.

De Niro was speaking with NBC News' Brian Williams at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, the issue arose when the topic of politics came up.

“Certain people in the news the last couple of weeks, just, what are they doing? It’s crazy," De Niro said. "They’re making statements about people that they don’t even back up. Go get the facts before you start saying things about people.”

Although at first De Niro didn’t want to mention any names, after Williams asked if the person the actor was referring to has “a show on my network on Sunday night," De Niro admitted that he was talking about Trump, who's been making the rounds talking about a potential presidential run.

“It’s like a big hustle; it’s like being a car salesman,” De Niro went on. “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 and speak and say these terrible things? Unless you just wanna get over and get the job. It’s crazy.”

De Niro's statements come on the heels of Jerry Seinfeld's own denouncement of Trump's remarks. The comedian said last week that he canceled on a benefit hosted by the Eric Trump Foundation because he'd grown "increasingly uncomfortable" with the statements the "Celebrity Apprentice" host has been making about the President, and "feels this kind of demagoguery has no place in public discourse."

As he did with Seinfeld, Trump has lobbed a retort back at De Niro.

While on a call to "Fox & Friends," Trump said of the actor, "He's not the brightest bulb on the planet. I've been watching him over the years, and I like his acting, but you know - in terms of when I watch him doing interviews and various other things - we're not dealing with Albert Einstein."

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  2. @N

    neva vote for trump!!!stop standin on the streets talkin racist bout obama!!!!phuck all racist b!otches!!

    April 27, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mushie Orleans

    Donald has never really proven himself over the long haul.

    April 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Calaisso

    Trump is too much of a Bragger.

    April 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David Band Sarasota

    Donald Trump is a Big Talker.

    April 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mark B

    And Trump would know a "non-Einstein" when he sees one alright. It would be so much easier if the media would just ignore the windbag all together, but what's the chance of that?

    April 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • EJ

      About as much chance as there is of them ignoring DeNiro the "windbag...

      April 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. twisted

    If 1 parent is an american and the other is not you have a chioce to be an american or be deul Obama grew up in America he is american enough with this birther crap

    April 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Just the Facts, ma'am

    @Qwerty1: Truth & Fact are the downfall of Liberals. That's why they watch CNN instead of Fox. I only come here to aggravate liberal whiners like you!

    April 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. EJ

    rickinmo – DeNiro may be a joy to watch to YOU but he isn't to everyone. He's not the only actor on the planet – there are many good actors. If you count him as one of them, more power to you. Don't assume everyone else does.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DeNiro Fan

    April 26, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. kehlela

    Deniro for President. Pacino for vice President. Trump-can stfu.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. ipisking

    Put DeNiro and Trump in the ring… I put my money on DeNiro

    April 26, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. dave

    Chump needs to stick to tv, the dude has no place in government.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Oback Barama

    Trump is grandstanding for his new TV show. Who cares what actors think? Artists and celebrities have no business commenting on things they know nothing about!

    April 26, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. If DeNiro has a problem with it...

    he should run himself or shut up. Trump is a candidate for the office. DeNiro is a has been. While i haven't really been interested in the whole "birther" thing, if Obama had nothing to hide, I think he should be happy to prove it.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  16. ronjon

    De Niro has played the same character 40 times. Is that acting? Trump makes me laugh. Don't think either man cares what any other human thinks of them. They may have found something in common after all.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  17. Beautiful Lesbean


    April 26, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  18. b0bc4t

    Trump has to realize that being President is not being king ... no guillotines for those who speak against you. Time to inject a little diplomacy and get over the urge to bark "You're fired!" at anyone who dares to question your absolute authority. Being President is about listening and responding for the public good, not just "the Donald", and his delicate feelings. You won't last two minutes if you let personal criticisms incite you to lash out on the campaign trail.

    Mr. Trump's legacy is about being the loudest and most arrogant voice, not about being the sharpest pencil.
    Long gone are the days of the bully pulpit in international affairs and he needs to know how to speak in a measured response. We have seen how well "might means right" has worked for the US in World opinion. Trump: FAIL!

    April 26, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  19. hemnebob

    himark is a low mark and nixon?
    you two are totally forgettable.
    deniro? he is accurate and why should donald put his so called billions where his mouth is?
    maybe it IS just hype for his show? oh yeah, you bet it really think this clown is gonna run
    for president? i think not...your buddy donald is heavily investing in dubai and i wouldn't put it past him
    for having multiple bank accounts in off shore banks and nixon? lowmark? how do you set with
    the millionaires putting their funds in off shore accounts so they don't have to pay taxes like us?
    still gonna vote for that loser?
    yeah, thought so...

    April 26, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  20. Albert Eisenstien

    Why is it only trashy country folks like Obamo ? People from the south are just brain dead idjits. I bet they are gonna eat a crit or some lice.

    April 26, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  21. Krissy

    To this day, Trump has not offered any proof that Obama wasn't born in this country, NONE!
    People need to recognize Trump as the fraud that he is. he's only doing this to promote celebrity apprentic. Recognize the hustle...

    April 26, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  22. @Skppy

    Take a look at the front page of

    April 26, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  23. Seth

    Maybe we can get DeNiro to reprise his role in Taxi Driver, if just for a short time...

    April 26, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  24. Peace

    @ Sandy & Robin G- Well said, hear me clapping? I so agree!!! It's already been proven, so why do people still question this?

    April 26, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  25. happygirl :D

    While I would agree that Donald Trump is a savvy business man, but he has NO place in politics. The political world should be left to people who, first of all, know how to carry themselves in the public eye with integrity, intelligence and poise, not cheap and uneducated. Trump carries himself like new money with a GED and a big ego, cheap, doesnt know when to hold his tounge and is under some sort of impression that people like him just because he has money.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  26. movement

    Whoever votes for and or applaud ANYTHING trump says or does is a damn idiot. Imagine trump being president, then go and watch the movie IDIOCRACY

    April 26, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  27. Robin G.

    Some of your remarks on this post are unbelievable. Most of you act 5 years old. De Niro is a wonderful actor and has the right to his opinion. Trump is digging his own grave and showing his intelligence in real-time; he's more like a angry 4th grader who lashes out at anyone with an opinion. Money can't buy common sense. He would not be a good leader. One has to take it on the chin, so to say, and learn to politically shut their mouth.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  28. Donald Pulver

    Trump should really Think before he talks out loud, he is at time ignorant.

    April 26, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  29. Myrna Band Sarasota

    donald Trump should be more careful with his comments.

    April 26, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  30. Pat Vargas

    I love politics, and have helped over the years locally, but never in the presidential race. You better believe I will volunteer for any campaign against Trump. While I do like his show, I can't stomach the man. I feel sorry for anyone who crosses him. Can you imagine Trump representing the US. a sheer embarrassment. I will bet he has skeletons in his closet, but he has the money to cover it all up. He makes me sick, he has no class, just money...big deal. I hope every American votes against him, and I hope he sees finally how many truly dislike him!!

    April 26, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  31. djb

    Trump is a low class fool, along with everyone of his same ilk. Because of people like him the USA is flying along in a fast train to extinction... it's certainly not the country it used to be. In the eyes of the rest of the world it's probably the most hated and laughed at nation there is. Sad... so freaking sad...

    April 26, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr.X

      It's people like Obama and his supporters who are ruining this country. Swing and a miss dj.

      April 26, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  32. Rachel

    Robert, you are SOOO right. You hit the nail on the head with this and I, for one, am quite proud of you to bring truth to this light, instead of standing back and watching all of this ignorance, greed, self righteousness and arrogance try and take control.

    It is such a pity that these fools open their mouths as if they have a leg to stand on. I have zero respect for these type of people but you.... you have my utmost respect and appreciation.

    Thank you!

    April 26, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  33. Lorena

    Can you imagine having a president that speaks in such a condescending way to just about everyone he comes in contact with. How could he possibly relate to the average person and their financial woes ? He is rude and dictatorial. He lacks empathy to people he feels are below him which is just about everyone. De Niro was just stating a opinion and Trump had to come back with a cheap slam. Very tacky from someone who thinks he has such class.

    April 26, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • rickinmo

      Imagine how well he could do with international affairs. Plenty of insult material there.

      April 26, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • stormeagle

      Trump reminds me of the typical schoolyard bully – he can dish out criticism (even when it has no basis in fact), but he can't TAKE IT.

      April 26, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Mindy

      Well said, Lorena. Robert De Niro has class, which is one thing that cannot be bought with Mr. Trump's almighty dollar.

      April 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. A in Ohio

    Its silly hearing the banter back and forth, republicans this democrats that, get over it! They have both failed our people! No one side is better than the other. Its just different sides of the same corrupt coin. But I digress, I thought it was funny that Bob De Niro got into the mix when his best line from his best movie (IMHO), Godfather II, was, "I'm not interested in things that don't concern me."

    April 26, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  35. Marjorie Mezvinsky

    Donald Trump should apologize to Robert Deniro for being thoughtless.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  36. darlene/ from Northville, Mi

    Donald Trump lost all credibility, he is so thin skinned, can anyone imagine him being president, would the public enjoy
    free speech?

    April 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • stormeagle

      Exactly. Imagine Trump as the leader of the free world – shooting from the hip and retaliating in kind to anyone who disagrees with him. The US would be at war with EVERYBODY. But of course, that works in business, so it must also be the right way to lead a country, eh???

      April 26, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  37. butwhoscounting

    This question of the birth certificate has gone on for way too long. Why doesn't Obama just whip it out and end all fuss?

    Obama's the one letting all those questions fester.

    And while he's at it – I would like to know why he didn't have to provide a full medical background like the rest of them.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Peace

    @ Troy- No worries, the dems see right thru him, for sure! WTH is that woodland creature on his head, that's what I want to know???

    April 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  39. twisted

    well you took the time to post, so that's one. next!

    April 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Nodack

    Please go away Trump, you are embarrassing yourself and the rest of us. On second thought please run with Sarah as your running mate. I'm sure they would get votes, but there can't be that many idiots out there can there?

    April 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamCanadian

      Yes, just count on the lot that voted Bush Jr in twice.

      April 26, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • heston 2012

      Let Trump keep it up it all but assures Obamas reelection.

      Who in thier right mind would vote a casino operator for pres. This man makes a living stealing little old ladies pensions.

      April 26, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • stormeagle

      I think you'd be surprised (and dismayed) at how many people would vote for him and Sarah. My guess is that it would be mostly people who don't really care to think about who they are voting for, or analyze facts and issues objectively – but rather people who vote emotionally....maybe from long-standing Republican families? or people who vote for celebrities they see on the news and on TV?

      April 26, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  41. Oh well

    I just can't think of voting for someone who can't even be honest with himself about his own hair. It looks like roadkill. Herman Cain is the man who really should be our next president. Look him up!

    April 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Albert Eisenstien

    I am Albert Eisenstien. Does that count ?

    April 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |


    April 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |


    April 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Dr. Delhi

    ___ Dump the Trump ... He's a Chump ___

    April 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Gary

    GO AWAY TRUMP! Trump's a moron, always trying to be the big shot, but ends up the fool every time! He gets no respect for anything but that lame show of his. Now he's a racist birther! He was actually quoted saying "THE Blacks" love me! No we don't. We don't give a S#@t about that moron! Get rid of the really bad toupee, or stop combing that mess sideways, then you might be taken seriously! "THE Blacks" LOL! "THE Blacks" had a clown named Don King who wore his hair like an idiot also! GO AWAY TRUMP! YOU ARE AN EMBARRASSING IDIOT!

    April 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Doozle

    Anything or anyone that displeases or disrupts the Hollywood power broker elite is Ace's in my book. Can't Mr DeNiro find something else to talk about like his film festival for instance? I'm no Trump fan by any stretch but if he wants to stir the pot of controversy regarding this still unresolved issue its all right by met. I know I have still yet to see any verifiable proof on this. Ask yourselves why are we Americans so willing to accept what we're told as being the truth without any irrefutable legal evidence backing it up? Well its because we become too damn "gullible" for our own good. So go ahead Donald keep chipping away at the stone and maybe, just maybe we'll get to the bottom of the truth on this issue.

    April 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Superhiro

      "I know I have still yet to see any verifiable proof on this." Hey! Great. That actually means you're just uniformed as this issue has been settled multiple times.

      April 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skippy

      Yeah, we are all "uniformed" LOL LMFAO LOL

      April 26, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Why not ask yourself why you believe the people who refuse to acknowledge legal proof provided by the state of Hawaii as to his birth. Ask yourself how his birth announcement in the local paper of record could have been falsified when the information came directly from the Health Department, NOT the parents. Ask yourself why you believe that the alleged "long form" includes his religion: it does not include this information. Just because some joker on Fox News told you it did doesn't make it true. Call Hawaii's Health Department and ask them directly, or call your public library and have them place the call if you don't want to pay for it. Take some initiative and find out for yourself. And when you find out that Fox News is wrong, why not ask yourself why you continue to watch their news programming?

      April 26, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  48. Hair Club for Men

    It's a well known fact that the certificate is hidden under Trumps toupee... .

    April 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  49. twisted

    Can this nonsense be put to rest

    April 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  50. @mejazzbo

    What does that have to do with anything?

    April 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  51. mejazzbo

    In this case, Trump is right. I love his acting but if De Niro doesn't have a script in front of him his interview skills leave much to be desired.

    April 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      And you, Mejazzy, have a lot of growing up to do if you think, what you speak, has any merit. Your ignorance surely doesn't become you..... not in the least. Pity.

      April 26, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • rickinmo

      Who cares if DeNiro is a good interviewer. His acting is a joy to watch-PURE ART! He's right about Trump. Trump is pandering to the worst elements of the republican party, has alienated independents and really shown how stupid and shallow he is. If he does run, he's already lost the independents and he needs them to have a fighting chance. Name calling and insults don't equal presidential material. Perhaps he doesn't understand Obama doesn't have to answer to him or the birthers. He met the requirements to be president or he wouldn't have been allowed on the ballot. Case closed.

      April 26, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  52. deb

    He does...but Melania is there to wipe it.

    April 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  53. JIm Defranco

    I bet he has to eat oatmeal and jello. And has slobber dribbling down the side of his chin.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Beautiful NIxon

    Is that Robert DeNIro guy still alive ? He must be at least 90. Why isnt he in a retirement home like all the other old folks ?

    April 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Does your mommy know you're playing with the grown ups' computer?

      April 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelly

      Nixon honey, you need to get back in your crib. Your baby bottle is waiting for you.

      Oh, I'm sorry! Maybe you're still nursing??

      DeNiro ROCKS!

      April 26, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • armyants

      Deniro is 3 years older than Trump. Check your facts...

      April 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Superhiro

    You tell 'em De Niro! Don't let that little martian keep spewing that nonsense.

    April 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Chris

    Good for you De Niro!

    People attacking De Niro for voicing an opinion in 3, 2, 1....

    April 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • EJ

      Kinda like Trump voiced an opinion? It goes both ways.

      April 26, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Qwerty1

      I don't remember Trump ever labeling his ridiculous accusations about President Obama's origins as his "opinion". Doesn't he try to spin these ridiculous birther sound bites as fact, or is he just hoping that those Republicans stupid enough to possibly even encourage his presence for candidacy aren't really interested in crazy things like fact and truth, they just want something monosyllabic they can repeat to others just like them?

      April 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      DeNiro retorts back – Are you talkin' to me? I said...are you talkin' to me?

      May 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |

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