Spicer said De Niro's comments were unsuitable for prime-time television and represents "exactly what's going on" between the American people and Hollywood.
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Big winners included Once on This Island, which took home the Tony for Best Revival, and Andrew Garfield, who won Best Lead Actor for playing AIDS patient Prior Walter in the Broadway revival of Angels in America. F*ck Trump." The audience cheered and applauded as he added: "It's no longer down with Trump. "When you help put a vulgar perv like Trump in the White House you can expect a vulgar response from America". "Boy, do we need that now".
De Niro is in Toronto for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Nobu restaurant and hotel, a project that the Oscar-winning actor is invested in.
Amid the spoken part of his performance, Springsteen dwelt on growing up "surrounded by God and all my relatives" in the U.S., explaining that people did their best to resist the "demons, outside and inside, that sought to destroy them". "Our baby-in-chief - the j***-off-in-chief, I call him - has put the press under siege, ridiculing it and trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies", De Niro said.