The actor's remarks may have been bleeped out by CBS, but that didn't stop viewers taking to Twitter to respond to the whole thing.
The 68-year-old star received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in honour of his critically acclaimed show.
"Boy, do we need that now".
Although De Niro was heavily censored during the US telecast, his comments weren't bleeped during the Australian telecast.
During a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony, De Niro told those in attendance that he wanted to apologize for the idiotic behaviour of his president, which was reciprocated with loud cheers and applause.
In response to a Trump statement about handling protesters at one of his rallies, De Niro said: "He wants to punch people in the face?" "The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast".
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