Broadcasters group yanks award for De Niro after unhinged courthouse rant

It didn’t take long for rabid left-wing actor Robert De Niro to suffer ramifications for the political theater he engaged in earlier this week on behalf of the Biden campaign.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is yanking an award it had planned to give De Niro after the spectacle he starred in outside former President Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial in Manhattan, according to The Hill.

Citing an NAB spokesperson, The Hill reported that De Niro “was slated to receive the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Service to America Award next Tuesday in Washington, D.C., but after his heated remarks outside the courthouse, the organization rescinded the award.”

“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. “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. To maintain the focus on service of the award winners, Mr. De Niro will no longer be attending the event.”

De Niro responded by trying to rise above the slight, telling the outlet in a statement, “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.”

The staged theatrics were such a disaster Democratic strategist David Axelrod blasted the Biden campaign in a CNN opinion piece for the “ill-timed” stunt.

After noting that the unhinged actor has had a “storied” career playing many roles, Axelrod said De Niro should have “turned down the one for which he was cast on Tuesday.” He also slammed Team Biden for linking themselves to the case with the press event.

“For more than five weeks, President Joe Biden had mostly avoided plunging into the reality show that has been Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial in Manhattan. Biden did not want to feed Trump’s feverish charge that he was the cause of the former president’s myriad legal problems,” he wrote.

“In the final hours before the jury would consider Trump’s fate, the Biden campaign decided to crank up De Niro and two of the police officers attacked by an insurrectionist mob on January 6, 2021 to appear outside the courthouse and engage the phalanx of media there,” Axelrod added. “The stated goal was to highlight Trump’s trespasses on democracy and general unfitness for office, but the scene quickly devolved into a shouting match between De Niro and a small crowd of hecklers who roasted him as he roasted Trump. Great fodder for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but not necessarily the campaign.”

Before taking a crack at De Niro’s age — 80 — Axelrod commented on the ensuing circus outside the Manhattan courthouse.

“Fingers were pointed between De Niro and the Trump-loving hecklers. F-bombs flew. And those images and De Niro’s impulse to plunge into the legal fray hours before the case would go to the jury became the story,” he wrote. “Who thought this was a good idea?”

Tom Tillison

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