Actress Meryl Streep denounced President-elect Donald Trump in a speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, labeling him a bully and accusing him of mocking a disabled reporter.
“You, and all of us in this room really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now,” Streep began. “Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.”
Full video of Streep. Worth watching: pic.twitter.com/ItQkoJLnxG
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About halfway through her speech, Streep lambasted Trump and his behavior without actually saying his name:
“There was one performance this year that stunned me — it sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth.
“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”
“This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
The actress was referring to Trump’s 2015 remarks in which he flailed his arms to mock a New York Times reporter. Trump has denied mocking the reporter’s disability, a chronic joint abnormality.
Streep went on her political rant while accepting the prestigious Cecil B. Demille award.
Trump didn’t wait until the morning to respond to Streep’s speech and dismissed her criticism entirely.
Though he had not yet seen Streep’s speech, Trump told The New York Times that he’s not surprised he’s getting attacked by “liberal movie people.”
“People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing,” he told The Times. “And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary."
Trump also referred to the award-winning actress as a “Hillary lover.”
Update: The President-elect followed up this morning with several more tweets:
And there you have it.