Trump Calls Meryl Streep ‘Over-Rated’ In Very Predictable Tweet
Streep devoted most of her Golden Globe speech to criticizing the future president, who doesn't take criticism well.
President-elect Donald Trump woke up on Monday morning to find that actress Meryl Streep accepted her Cecil B. DeMille award at Sunday night’s Golden Globes with a rousing speech that criticized him. He let his opinion about this be known in, as usual, a series of tweets.
Streep said that one of the most memorable “performances” in the last year, in her opinion, was that of Donald Trump in a speech where he mocked a disabled reporter.
“There was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job,” Streep said. “It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.”
Streep went on to say that Trump “outranked” the reporter, The New York Times’ Serge Kovaleski, in “privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back” when, in November 2015, he appeared to imitate Kovaleski’s limited hand and arm movements, the result of a congenital condition called arthrogryposis, in a speech. Trump had cited one of Kovaleski’s articles as “proof” that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11, but Kovaleski said his article didn’t say that at all; merely that law enforcement had detained an unspecified number of people from an unspecified — if any — religion who might have been “celebrating” the 9/11 attacks from their rooftops in New Jersey.
“Disrespect invites disrespect,” Streep continued. “Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
After noting what a “privilege” it is to be an actor and the importance of empathy, Streep tearfully quoted Carrie Fisher’s “take your broken heart, make it into art” and left the stage.
The next morning, Trump, who apparently still has nothing better to do less than two weeks before he is set to become the president of the United States, responded in three tweets sent over a period of 16 minutes.
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
The “over-rated” Streep has a record 19 Oscar nominations and has won the award three times. She is a 30-time Golden Globe nominee who has won eight times. And she has three Emmy nominations, for which she has won twice. Trump, who won the electoral college vote in the presidential election (but not the popular vote), has never been nominated for an Oscar or a Golden Globe and remains bitter that “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which Trump used to host and remains an executive producer for, were nominated for an Emmy nine times but have never won (Trump personally was only nominated twice in his capacity as the executive producer).
Trump does have one award that Streep does not: while she has never even been nominated for a Razzie, an award that celebrates the very worst of the film industry, Trump won Worst Supporting Actor for his turn as himself in 1990’s “Ghosts Can’t Do It.” He was also nominated for a second Razzie for Worst New Star, but lost to Sofia Coppola.