Robert De Niro at the 72nd annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

The list of people who don’t like President Trump is lengthy and chief among his haters is unquestionably Hollywood legend Robert De Niro. Although the Oscar-winning actor has long held a reputation for being “not a big talker,” that clearly doesn’t apply to the subject of Trump.

Most recently, De Niro made waves at the Tony Awards on Sunday when he unleashed a profanity-laced tirade against Trump, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd gathered in Radio City Music Hall, but criticism from others as an example of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” that will only fuel the president’s base.

While on his way back from a historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump found time to fire back.

“Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to many shots to the head by real boxers in movies,” Trump wrote Tuesday. “I watched him last night and truly believe he may be ‘punch-drunk.’”

“Wake up Punchy!” Trump said in a second tweet.

But how did the acclaimed actor, known for being “a man of few words,” end up on stage during Broadway’s biggest night, screaming “F— Trump”?

His first public criticism of Trump appears to have come in 2011 when the future president joined the “birther” movement, raising questions about then-President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. During an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, the subject of politics came up and De Niro let loose.

“I won’t mention any of the certain people on the news in the last couple weeks,” said De Niro, a staunch Obama supporter. “But what are we doing? This is crazy. They’re making statements about people that they don’t even back up. Go get the facts before you start saying things about people.”

While he didn’t name Trump, the actor did confirm that was who he was talking about.

“It’s like a big hustle. It’s like being a car salesman,” De Niro said. “Don’t go out there and say things unless you can back them up. How dare you? That’s awful to do. To just go out…

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