Meryl Streep took a jab at the president-elect, Donald Trump, highlighting his awfully negative nature and referring to his imitation of a disabled New York Times reporter at the Golden Globe awards Sunday night.
Predictably, the future commander-in-chief responded, calling the Hollywood star a “Hilary lover” and defended his vitriol.
Streep was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the 74th Golden Globes when she slammed Trump — without even naming him.
“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter — someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. 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," said the three-time Oscar winner.
Trump predictably defended himself against any criticism.
In a brief telephone interview, the racist billionaire dismissed Streep as a “Hilary lover.” He said he had not seen Streep’s remarks or other parts of the Globes ceremony, but added that he was “not surprised” that he had come under attack from “liberal movie people.”
“I was never mocking anyone,” he said. “I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story,” claiming that the reporter tried changing the story from a 9/11 attacks article in The Washington Post.
“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,” remarked the media mogul in the interview.
“And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary,” he added, referring to Streep’s remarks at the Democratic National Convention last summer on behalf of his opponent.
Later, Trump used his favorite social media platform, Twitter, to rant against Streep, calling her an overrated actress and accusing the media of being dishonest.
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
"groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Meanwhile, celebrities and fans on social media are all in support of the “Iron Lady” star’s strong acceptance speech.
There has never been anyone like Meryl Streep. I love her. #GoldenGlobes— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 9, 2017
'Disrespect invites disrespect': we should all be like Meryl Streep and hold power to account. pic.twitter.com/Ndk895qT5o— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) January 9, 2017
MERYL STREEP— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 9, 2017
Meryl Streep used her time not to talk about herself, but to use her voice to speak about what is most important. That is what a leader does— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) January 9, 2017
Banner/Thumbnail Credit: Courtesy of NBC/Handout via REUTERS