Trump to De Niro: You talkin' to me?
April 25th, 2011
11:38 AM ET
11 years ago

Trump to De Niro: You talkin' to me?

(CNN) – Donald Trump – who has a habit of picking personal fights with anyone who publicly challenges him – is now targeting legendary actor Robert De Niro, whom Trump says is "not the brightest bulb on the planet."

"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 said on Fox News Monday.

The comments follow recent remarks from De Niro to NBC News, during which the Academy Award-winning actor suggested Trump was acting "crazy."

"I won't mention names, but certain people in the news in the last couple weeks, just what are they doing? It's crazy. They're making statements about people that they don't even back up," he said in reference to Trump. "Go get the facts before you start saying things about people."

"It's like a big hustle. It's like being a car salesman," he added. "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 want to get over and get the job. It's crazy."

Trumps harsh response follows a similarly vitriolic lash out at Jerry Seinfeld, after the comedian, citing Trump's birther claims against President Obama, canceled his performance at a charity event organized by Trump's son.

That prompted Trump to write a strongly worded letter to Seinfeld, in which the potential presidential candidate knocked Seinfeld's recently-cancelled show on NBC.

"What I do feel badly about is that I agreed to do, and did, your failed show, 'The Marriage Ref,' even though I thought it was absolutely terrible," Trump wrote. "Despite its poor ratings, I didn't cancel on you like you canceled on my son and St. Jude. I only wish I did."

Trump also took aim at Karl Rove last week after the former Bush strategist said it was unwise for the potential presidential candidate to question the president's citizenship:

"Karl Rove has a loser issue... [he] is the man that ran Bush into the ground," Trump responded. "Bush finished so weak that we ended up getting Obama. He ran the man into the ground."

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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Terry

    What's evident in this long list of comments is the majority of the writers loss of individual identity.. So many have given their lives over to the narrow channel political correctness and are doomed to follow the crowd. Sometimes stupidity is taunted as victorious but it will never pass the test of time.

    April 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    Rich and succesful business people, like Gates, Buffet, Zuckenberg do not need to resort to bragging about their wealth and accomplishments,.. this guy Trumpet is not that rich or succesful,.. it's only in his mind,.. his name is worth more than the person,.. it's all about projecting an image of wealth... Real billionaires do not work on reality shows. As far as him being succesful?.. do the math,.. three bankruptcies,.. several failed marriages,.. failed USFL sport venture,.. the man is a train wreck.

    April 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. TEE

    I can only hope The Donald runs as an independent, he will assure another Obama term......I have to repeat a comment I read last week. " The voters have been dumbed down", it's hard to have an adult conversation with people who will vote against their own best interest...

    April 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Kwesoe

    The media has a tendency to elevate none people into celebrities. We saw it with Sarah Palin and now it's Trump. When the money dries because viewers have lost interest, they drop the person like a hot potato- right back to the none person they were before. Trump should be done before 2012.

    April 25, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. cathstar

    Diplomacy is obviously not Hairdo's forte. If you disagree with him, he publicly lambasts you. I know that hus "Celebrity Apprentice" show has good ratings, but I think it stinks. To increase his ratings even further, he decides that he might run for president. How transparent! He's a gold-plated, egomaniacal phony!!!

    April 25, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Eddie B

    Trump is a used car salesman. He is pure entertainment and people need to stop referencing him anywhere near a Presidential run. He is completely classless and has no idea how to be a visionary for the people of this country. It is sad that the GOP as gotten to this point. Really sad.

    April 25, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Eric

    "Karl Rove has a loser issue... [he] is the man that ran Bush into the ground," - actually it's the exact opposite. Karl Rove is such a skilled political operative and is so good at pushing the buttons of the reptilian portion of the brain in the average American voter that he not only took a bumbling stumbling failure of a politician and made him President, he got him to win AGAIN even after one term of being one of the, if not the, worst Presidents we've ever had. Bush ran America into the ground, Karl Rove did not run Bush into the ground.

    April 25, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. taffd

    Pig doesn't like to be criticized, so please don't question the omnipotence of Pig!!

    April 25, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Keith

    Each day Trump manages to prove he has just as much emotional stability as Sarah Palin. That is to say, almost none. The GOP has nearly completely imploded. At least in modern history, the Democrats have never managed to become involved in anywhere near the level of brainless theatrics that is destroying the GOP right now. Who would have thought FoxNews and conservative talk radio would have done so much to hollow-out the GOP.

    April 25, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Guest

    My only reply is: How many times has De Niro had to file bankruptcy to slough off his debts ?

    April 25, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    Robert Di Nero is HANDSOME – And doesn't that look like his REAL HAIR!!!! Smack!!!

    Enuf Said!!!

    April 25, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Stacey

    You LIBs are really loving this... This President is the ONLY one in history that has never had to provide any supporting documentation for his birth certificate. If you think about his REAL Hard, you will remember that NO ONE in the p[ress EVER dug into his past to validate his statements. He has NEVER had to answer any real hard issues because everyone was just mesmerized by him. We are just now finding out he don't have a clue about the job of President. He has had some NIXON moments with his aides and associates. THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!

    Ahahaha! I'm loving the heck out of this GOP circus! You birther idiots need to get over it. No other President had to provide birth certificate documentation, um except for the first black president. If you can't accept the birth certificate that has been online for over two years, tough luck. And guess what? President Obama will win another term because you birther jerks have no one else to run against him. What a bunch of fools!

    April 25, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Jim

    Really there Donald ??? You're a used car salesman who got lucky !! And do you think you're asked to do these loser TV shows because of your great personality ???? You're asked because they want the world to see you and what an idiot you are !!!

    April 25, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Fumi

    The first law of any debate: Think, before you open your mouth.

    The second law of any debate: Always be prepared to back up what you say.

    April 25, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. woody

    The good news about Trump getting all this attention is that we don't hear about Palin anymore.

    April 25, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. David

    President Donald Trump. Imagine the three ring circus that would be. Heaven help us. Why don't the Tea Party wingnuts look to Sen. Rand Paul. He is very bright and actually the best hope they have.

    April 25, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Grundoon

    De Niro is absolutely right. Trump started talking smack without any evidence, complete speculation. So, now he says he has "interesting" things to show us. Well, s h y t or get off the pot, Dullard!! You got something to show, then show it! Here's a DeNiro Quote for you, "Nu'ting, you got nu'ting!!"

    April 25, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. wanda

    Trump must have missed the anti-bullying class in school! He needs brought down a peg or 2!

    April 25, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Tina Stockton

    The Donald and Caribou Barbie both are only for themselves,no one else, least of all the American people. They have no clues about real issues because all they do is complain about what others say about them.

    April 25, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Bubba

    Yawn. Anybody who disagrees with him is "stupid." Half the trolls on this page could run for president on THAT platform. Heck, a lot of stupid people disagree with me here, so maybe I'm Donald Trump. Vote for my nasty hair thing that I wear on my head, not for my scrambled brain.

    April 25, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Liza

    I heard Trump's wife speak the other day on a talk show. Wow, is she an airhead!!!

    April 25, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. they call me "tater salad"

    Seem's to me Captain Comb-over has thin skin............He's Sarah Palin after a botched sex change operation!........Shouldn't he be somewhere filing for another bankruptcy?...........Total clown!!!

    April 25, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. StJude Dad

    Why would anyone put politics in front of a fund raiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital? Do you really want to know why this country is dying? Greed! Greed for money and power. We spend more time focusing on bigger government and issues outside of our own country that really do not or should not matter to us. Cut the bullcrap out and you find we have enough tax money to go around for everyone and everything that truly needs it. Trump's 25% hike on China imports? Genius ! Being global does not strengthen us competively is erodes our own infrastructure. We should have voted in Ross Perot years ago. Where we would be now? No Clinton, no Bush, no Iraq......etc. And as far as calling an actor an American Icon.................Danny Thomas........he didn't snub St. Jude Hospital, he built it.

    April 25, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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