Robert De Niro Criticizes President Trump During His Kickoff Speech at the Tribeca Film Festival - NBC New York

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Robert De Niro Criticizes President Trump During His Kickoff Speech at the Tribeca Film Festival

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    Robert De Niro Criticizes President Trump During His Kickoff Speech at the Tribeca Film Festival
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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Co-founder of Tribeca Film Festival Robert De Niro speeks during a press luncheon during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at Thalassa on April 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

    As the curtain is going up on the 17th Tribeca Film Festival, Robert De Niro is using the spotlight to direct all his ire at President Donald Trump.

    At a kickoff luncheon for the festival Wednesday, he referred to Trump as "our Lowlife-in-Chief" and said he "wouldn't recognize the truth if it came inside a bucket of his beloved Colonel Sanders Fried Chicken."

    De Niro, a co-founder of Tribeca, has been among the movies' most vocal critics of Trump, frequently excoriating the president.

    Festival organizers said Wednesday that this year's Tribeca has been programmed in opposition to the president's policies. Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal said the festival stand "against the forces that are tearing our country apart from the inside."

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