Trump: Robert De Niro ‘not the brightest bulb’
The Donald’s presidential juggernaut rolls on after spat over Obama’s birth
In a public spat which lends the property tycoon as little dignity as
his extraordinary hairdo, Donald Trump has described Robert De Niro as "not the brightest bulb on the planet". The actor, for his part, said Trump was like "a car salesman".
The root of the disagreement is Trump's nascent bid to become the
president of the USA. While he has not announced whether he intends to stand as a candidate to represent the Republicans in the next presidential election, most observers believe he will.
A poll conducted a few months ago listed him as a frontrunner, should he enter the race. Speaking on Fox News on Monday, Trump said he would make an announcement about his intentions at the finale of his TV show, The Apprentice.
De Niro is a staunch Democrat who has often spoken publicly about his political views and affiliations, so there was never any possibility of a meeting of minds between the two men.
But it was after The Donald outed himself as a 'birther' – somebody
who believes, for no immediately obvious reason and in the face of the evidence, that Barack Obama was not born in the USA – that De Niro opened fire.
The actor told NBC: "I won't mention names," (he did identify Trump, shortly after), "but certain people in the news the last couple weeks, just what are they doing? It's crazy.
"They're making statements about people that they don't even back up. 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? That's awful to do."
In response, Trump said: "I've been watching [De Niro] over the years and I like his acting, but in terms of when I watch him doing
interviews and various other things, we're not dealing with Albert
Einstein." He added that De Niro was "not the brightest bulb on the planet".
Questioning his enemies' intelligence is a well-worn Trump tactic. As well as querying Obama's country of birth, Trump has told
Associated Press the president isn't intelligent enough to have
graduated from the two universities he attended.
He said: "I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records." ·
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