Brad Pitt’s politically charged acceptance speech at the Academy Awards didn’t score him any brownie points with the Trumps.
Eric Trump, the third-eldest child of President Donald Trump, took to Instagram Monday with some choice words for Pitt, who took home the best-supporting actor Oscar Sunday for “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.”
Trump suggested the Oscars’ record low ratings were the result of “smug elitists” like Pitt, who used his time to the limelight to call out Trump’s impeachment trial.
“Probably because Americans don’t liked (sic) to be preached to by smug elitists,” Trump captioned a Fox News graphic on all-time low viewership. (The Oscars notched just 23.6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates. That’s down 20% or 6 million from last year.)
“The elegance has been lost and America has tuned these people out of their homes,” Trump added.
While accepting his first-ever acting Oscar, Pitt addressed the Senate’s impeachment acquittal of President Trump.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” said Pitt, referencing the former national security adviser who was not allowed to testify by the Senate during the proceedings.
Pitt, 56, joked that his “Hollywood” director, Quentin Tarantino, might do a feature on the controversial hearings: “I’m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it and in the end, the adults do the right thing.”
All jokes aside, Pitt said backstage that he was dead serious about his criticism of the proceedings and wanted to shine a light on them at the Oscars.
“I was really disappointed with that this week,” said Pitt. “When gamesmanship trumps the right thing, it’s a sad thing. And I don’t think we should let it slide. And I’m very serious about that.”
USA TODAY reached out to Pitt’s rep for comment.
Contributing: Bryan Alexander, Hannah Yasharoff, Gary Levin
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