Robert De Niro on criticism he gets from Fox News for Trump opposition: 'F--- 'em'

Robert De Niro on Sunday dismissed the criticism he’s received from Fox News over his outspoken opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE, bluntly saying, "F--- 'em."

De Niro made the comments on CNN’s "Reliable Sources" after host Brian Stelter asked the actor whether he thinks Trump is "performing."

"In some ways, I think he is ... as I think some of these pundits on Fox are too," De Niro replied. "I can’t believe that they would actually buy into this craziness. This guy should not be president. Period."

Stelter noted that De Niro has faced pushback from Fox News personalities for making similar comments, to which De Niro responded, "F--- 'em."

"F--- 'em," he said again before apologizing for using explicit language. 

The comment prompted Stelter to quickly interject and question why De Niro decided to use profanity. 

"This is cable, so it’s not an [Federal Communications Commission] violation, but it is still a Sunday morning," Stelter said. "Why do you choose to go that way?"

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"We are at a moment in this country where this guy is like a gangster," De Niro responded. "He’s said things, done things. We say over and over again, 'This is terrible. We’re in a terrible situation.' We’re in a terrible situation, and this guy keeps going on and on and on without being stopped."

Stelter threw to a commercial immediately following the remarks. 

De Niro has vociferously criticized Trump and the Republican Party throughout the president's two-plus years in the White House. The famed actor gained widespread attention last year after shouting, "F--- Trump" from the stage of the Tony Awards. 

“I’m going to say one thing: ‘F--- Trump,’” he said, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd. “It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump.' It’s ‘F--- Trump.’”

While speaking at the American Icon Awards in March, he suggested that impeaching and imprisoning Trump would "make America great again." The remarks prompted a response from Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityMcConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump McConnell says he'll be in 'total coordination' with White House on impeachment trial strategy Huckabee teases Hannity appearance, says he'll explain why Trump is eligible for third term MORE, who knocked De Niro as a "has-been actor who has too much time on his hands." 

Trump has also shot back at De Niro over his criticism. In June 2018, the president denounced De Niro as a "very low IQ individual" who may be "punch drunk." 

A Fox News spokesperson in a brief statement to The Hill questioned why Stelter didn't apologize over De Niro's remarks.