Donald Trump versus Robert De Niro

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001330" title="Robert De Niro" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/robert-de-niro-PECLB001330.topic">Robert De Niro</a> has long been notorious as a difficult interview. Often his answers to questions are monosyllabic. Not so when he got on the topic of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEBSL000163" title="Donald Trump" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/construction/donald-trump-PEBSL000163.topic">Donald Trump</a>'s birtherism during an onstage interview with NBC News anchor <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT007927" title="Brian Williams" href="/topic/sports/football/brian-williams-PESPT007927.topic">Brian Williams</a> during the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES0000158" title="TriBeCa Film Festival" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/film-festivals/tribeca-film-festival-EVFES0000158.topic">Tribeca Film Festival</a> in April. De Niro made no secret he was referring to Trump when he said, "I won't mention names, but there are certain people on the news in the last couple of weeks -- what they're doing is crazy.... It's like a big hustle. It's like being a car salesman. Don't go out there and say things unless you can back them up. How dare you? It's awful. Just go out there and speak and say these terrible things? ... It's crazy." Never one to let a slight go, Trump called in to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV000000680" title="Fox and Friends (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/fox-friends-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV000000680.topic">"Fox & Friends"</a> and fired back: "Well 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 <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001542" title="Albert Einstein" href="/topic/science/albert-einstein-PECLB001542.topic">Albert Einstein</a>."

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Robert De Niro has long been notorious as a difficult interview. Often his answers to questions are monosyllabic. Not so when he got on the topic of Donald Trump's birtherism during an onstage interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams during the Tribeca Film Festival in April. De Niro made no secret he was referring to Trump when he said, "I won't mention names, but there are certain people on the news in the last couple of weeks -- what they're doing is crazy.... It's like a big hustle. It's like being a car salesman. Don't go out there and say things unless you can back them up. How dare you? It's awful. Just go out there and speak and say these terrible things? ... It's crazy." Never one to let a slight go, Trump called in to "Fox & Friends" and fired back: "Well 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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