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Donald Trump taunted Robert de Niro over the actor’s F-U remark at the Tony Awards, fueling the story for another news cycle. (Photo: Getty)

Donald Trump called Robert De Niro “punch drunk” in response to the actor’s strong “Fuck Trump” denunciation at the Tony Awards, apparently because De Niro once portrayed a boxer in a movie. WTF?

The reference was apparently to De Niro’s Academy Award winning performance in “Raging Bull,” the 1980 bio-pic about boxer Jake LaMotta.

The famed actor got right to it as soon as he was called to the stage to announce Bruce Springsteen’s performance.

“I’m going to say one thing, fuck Trump,” he said, raising clenched fists.

The pronouncement drew a raucous standing ovation from the crowd of mostly theater actors, producers and directors.

Then, De Niro said it again.

“It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s fuck Trump,” hw repeated raising clenched fists in the air.

The comments drew mix reaction on social media, and then faded from the news cycle, until Trump revived it today on Twitter.

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Robert De Niro slammed Trump at the Tony Awards. (Photo: ScreenCap)

“Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to many shots to the head by real boxers in movies,” Trump wrote.

“I watched him last night and truly believe he may be ‘punch-drunk.’ I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!” he added.

While Trump has repeatedly taken credit for the economy, he’s only been in office 18 months, too early to establish a trend. In fact, the recovery is more than 20 months old and began during the Obama administration.

CBS censors were able to bleep his remarks because the show aired on a seven-second delay. But in overseas markets, the comments aired uncensored.

Trump has sparred repeatedly with the entertainment community, where he faces widespread opposition. He was silent on the show itself, probably because Tony ratings went up this year.

De Niro has been outspoken about the president. In March, he accused Trump of lacking “any sense of humanity or compassion.” Last month, he called Trump a “madman.”

For his part, Trump has made other nonsensical comments before on social media.

Check out the video from the show as it spins one more time through the news cycle thanks to the president.