After Meryl Streep slammed President-elect Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter during the 2016 presidential election, his top adviser Kellyanne Conway went on CNN suggesting Trump shouldn’t be held responsible for his words, but rather “what is in his heart.”
During Sunday night’s Golden Globes Awards, Streep made a powerful rebuke against Trump without even uttering his name.
“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,” she said while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award. “It kind of broke my heart.”
The actress was referring to one of the presidential race’s most egregious moments when Trump mocked a disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski during a 2015 rally.
Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to dismiss Streep’s criticism and assert — yet again — that he was not mocking Kovaleski, despite video footage demonstrating otherwise.
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
And Trump’s key adviser Conway spoke to host Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day” to further emphasize Trump’s misguided and immature point.
"All Donald Trump then and President-elect Trump now needed to do was say, 'Hey, look, making that gesture about Serge was wrong, and I apologize,' and it would've been over," Cuomo said. "Instead, there are these tortured attempts to say, 'Oh, no, no, I had nothing to do with Serge.'"
The two engaged in a fierce debate with Conway arguing Trump should be given “the benefit of the doubt” while Cuomo shot back that the president-elect’s gesture clearly says it all.
"You should give him the deference and respect — if he said he was not mocking, he was mocking the groveling," Conway said. "You're saying you don't believe him. You're calling him a liar, and you shouldn't."
"You're trying to scare me off the point, and we both know that's a waste of time," Cuomo countered. "He's making a gesture that is so keenly tuned to what Serge's vulnerability is."
Cuomo and Conway continued their heated exchange until Conway made the defining remark, implying that Trump shouldn’t be held accountable for his words or behavior, but rather his intentions.
"You can't give him the benefit of the doubt on this?" Conway said. "And he's telling you what was in his heart. You always want to go by what's come out of his mouth rather than look at what's in his heart."
"Why can't you give him the benefit of the doubt?" Kellyanne Conway says Trump wasn't mocking reporter's disability. https://t.co/3LAWwTIME4— New Day (@NewDay) January 9, 2017
Actions speak louder than words, Conway. And currently, Trump’s behavior indicates a disturbing pattern of tasteless notions unbefitting for a world leader.
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