"That story took place almost 50 years ago, but there are many parallels with today obviously". Robert and Meryl go way back after starring in four movies together - Deer Hunter, First Man, Marvin's Room, and Falling in Love - and he knew exactly how to honor her on the special night.
"Today the world is suffering from real Donald Trump".
The NBR awards show wasn't as political as the Golden Globes, but De Niro was withering in his criticism of Trump in a profanity-laced speech while introducing Meryl Streep, the victor of the best actress prize for Steven Spielberg's The Post. What are we talking about? "This f-ing idiot is the president", he lamented. However, Meryl who plays Katharine Graham in Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post" did not seem to mind as she greeted him with a kiss as she received her award.
YouTube is chock full of examples of De Niro speaking out against Trump. "It's the Emperor's New Clothes - the guy is a (expletive) fool".
He then referred to the publication of the Pentagon Papers as a "proud moment for American journalism" - and that if this White House had its way, no such proud moments in media would ever again occur.
"Our baby-in-chief - the j-off-in-chief, I call him - has put the press under siege, ridiculing it through trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies", De Niro said. And again, just like 1971, the press is distinguishing itself with fearless, exacting journalism.
"The movie gave us glimpses of President Nixon as delusional, narcissistic, petty, vindictive, nasty, and batsh*t f*cking insane", De Niro added, from one dirty grandpa to another.
Wolff alleges Trump expected to fail in his bid for the presidency, and that he is mentally unfit for president as he is unable to concentrate for longer than short periods - and often forgets the names of old acquaintances.
"He's a punk, he's a dog, he's a pig, he's a con, a bulls**t artist", he also said.