A video guide to Meryl Streep’s Trump speech

Meryl Streep criticized President-elect Donald Trump last night during the Golden Globes award show.
Meryl Streep criticized President-elect Donald Trump last night during the Golden Globes award show [JP capture]
Yesterday was the annual Golden Globes ceremony, which celebrates the year’s best film and television, but the big news coming out of it wasn’t the awards but actress Meryl Streep, who gave a speech criticizing President-elect Donald Trump.

Streep began by apologizing for losing her voice “in screaming and lamentation this week.” She then went on to highlight “one performance this year that stunned me,” referring to President-elect Donald Trump and his comments regarding journalist Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter who wrote critically of Trump. In the video, which was widely shared during the election, including in Democratic campaign ads, Trump appears to imitate the disabled reporter.

“This instinct to humiliate…filters down into everybody’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” Streep said during her speech. “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

In response, Trump took to Twitter, as is his wont, calling Streep “a Hillary flunky” and “over-rated.” He then denied imitating the reporter’s disability, instead saying he was just attempting to communicate “groveling.”

This morning, Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway went on CNN, less to defend Trump than to attack Streep, criticizing her for criticizing the President-elect instead of for criticizing the four Chicago residents (three teens and a 24-year-old) who posted video of themselves torturing a disabled man.

01/09/2017 10:50 AM by David Kinzer

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