Rather than go off on Twitter, the president-elect spoke briefly with The New York Times over the telephone. He told the paper he was “not surprised” that he was attacked by “liberal movie people” and referred to Streep, 67, as “a Hillary lover.”
Trump, 70, said he didn’t watch any of Sunday night’s ceremony.
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Early Monday morning, the President-elect continued to rant against Streep in a series of tweets, calling her one of the “most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and insisting that he wasn’t mocking a disabled reporter but was instead trying to imitate his alleged “groveling.”
Streep’s remarks came when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award and was no doubt the highlight of the show. She never referred to Trump by name, only calling him “the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country.”
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The Florence Foster Jenkins star focused her speech on the incident when Trump imitated reporter Serge Kovaleski.
“It kind of broke my heart, and I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie,” Streep said. “It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”
“Disrespect invites disrespect,” she continued. “Violence incites violence. The powerful — use definition to bully others, we all lose.”