De Niro calls out 'blatant abuse of power' in SAG acceptance speech
20 Jan 2020 — #CultureWars
Robert De Niro, who has long been a vocal critic of President Trump, stopped short of calling out the president by name while being honored at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards late Sunday, but vowed to speak out whenever he sees “a blatant abuse of power.”
De Niro took the stage to thunderous applause from his fellow performers, receiving a standing ovation for over a minute before quickly steering his acceptance speech into politics.
“As a citizen, I have as much right as anybody, an actor, an athlete, anybody else, to voice my opinion. And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I’m going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power,” the actor said before saying further: “That’s all I’m going to say.”
De Niro at the SAG Awards: “Leaders who support unions are more likely to support the Affordable Care Act, equitable taxes, humane immigration regulations, a safe environment, a diverse citizenry, reproductive rights, sensible gun control, and fair wages and benefits." pic.twitter.com/cqhSCsKhc5— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 20, 2020
Robert De Niro will be watching the impeachment trials and wants to see “what we all want to see: justice done. Period.” pic.twitter.com/jaCuUZG7Lt— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) January 20, 2020