Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 1, 2024

Robert De Niro Loses Honor Over Trump Critique: 'This Event Is Proudly Bipartisan'

In a surprising turn of events, celebrated actor Robert De Niro has lost a prestigious award due to his recent outspoken comments on former President Donald Trump.

De Niro will not receive the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Service to America Award after a controversial speech against Trump led the group to retract the honor to maintain focus on their mission, as Fox News reports.

The actor, known for his iconic roles in film and television, was slated to receive the honor next week. However, his participation in a Biden-Harris press event, where he strongly criticized Trump, prompted the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to reconsider.

De Niro's Points on Trump

During the event, De Niro described Trump as a "danger" to both Americans and New York City, stating, "[Trump] does not belong in New York City." De Niro was notably vocal, expressing his concerns about the former president's impact on society and public safety.

The NAB, recognized for its bipartisan stance, emphasized the need to keep their activities focused on philanthropic goals. A spokesperson explained that while they respect free speech, De Niro’s comments could detract from the core mission of the award ceremony.

"This event is proudly bipartisan, uniting those from across the political spectrum to celebrate the impactful work of local broadcasters and our partners," the spokesperson said.

Maintaining NAB's Philanthropic Focus

The spokesperson added that the decision to rescind the award was essential to keep attention on the service of award winners without the distraction of partisan debates.

"While we strongly support the right of every American to exercise free speech and participate in civic engagement, it is clear that Mr. De Niro’s recent high-profile activities will create a distraction from the philanthropic work that we were hoping to recognize," the statement went on.

De Niro faced backlash from Trump supporters during and after the press conference, but he stood by his remarks. He termed Trump a hazard and underscored his commitment to the Biden-Harris campaign, urging citizens to vote for Joe Biden in order to safeguard freedoms.

Despite the controversy, De Niro conveyed his gratitude toward the NAB Leadership Foundation. "I support the work of the NAB Leadership Foundation and would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for what the Foundation has done and will continue to do for the good of us all, and I wish them well for their continued good work," he said.

Reactions From Trump and De Niro

Former President Trump, not one to ignore public criticism, labeled De Niro as "pathetic" and a "wacko" through his social media channels. These remarks only added fuel to the already blazing controversy surrounding De Niro's statements.

The NAB Leadership Foundation has not made further comments, maintaining a focus on their philanthropic mission. The intent is to ensure the foundation's events and awards continue to honor the selfless contributions of broadcasters without the noise of political discourse.

De Niro's heated comments stressed that Trump does not fit into the fabric of New York City, a place De Niro cherishes deeply. "I owe this city a lot. And that's why it's so weird that Donald Trump is just across the street because he doesn't belong in my city," De Niro remarked.

The actor's remarks were met with mixed reactions, some lauding him for his courage to speak out, while others viewed it as an unnecessary political jab that has now cost him an esteemed recognition.

The National Association of Broadcasters' spokesperson has reiterated that the move to rescind De Niro’s award does not indicate disapproval of his personal views.

Instead, it is a strategic effort to maintain the non-partisan nature required to further their philanthropic initiatives.

In conclusion, the decision to withhold the Service to America Award from Robert De Niro underscores the delicate balance organizations must maintain in today's polarized environment.

De Niro’s passionate critique of Trump led the NAB to prioritize their non-partisan and philanthropic goals, resulting in the retraction of his award. Both De Niro and Trump continue to stand firm on their respective viewpoints, ensuring the debate remains at the forefront of the public's eye.

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