Like a few other prominent Hollwyoodites on Sunday, Meryl Streep used the Golden Globes to attack Donald Trump, first whining about being a member of one of the most “vilified” groups in America: “Hollywood, foreigners, and the press,” and then condemning him for “imitat[ing] a disabled reporter.”
“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” Streep told the audience on Sunday in somber terms. “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, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back.”
As he is wont to do, Trump responded on Twitter early Monday, slamming the “over-rated” “Hillary flunky”:
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 Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him “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!
Streep’s comments about the disabled reporter are in reference to Trump’s public feud with reporter Serge Kovaleski who suffers from arthrogyposis, a condition that restricts joint movement, after Kovaleski tried to walk back his own report for the Washington Post which chronicled celebrations of 9/11 by American Muslims in New Jersey.
“Now the poor guy, you oughta see this guy – uh, I don’t know what I said, uh, I don’t remember. He’s going like, I don’t remember,” said Trump mockingly. Trump defended his disparaging impersonation by saying he was just doing a generic impersonation, not trying to imitate Kovaleski’s physical handicap. He also said he had no recollection of having met Kovaleski before.