Trump Goes After 'Overrated' 'Hillary Flunky' Meryl Streep

After Streep called him out at Golden Globes for mocking disabled reporter
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2017 6:48 AM CST
Trump Goes After 'Overrated' 'Hillary Flunky' Meryl Streep
In this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Hershey, Pa.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Eyes now automatically turn to Twitter after anyone criticizes Donald Trump, and Meryl Streep's dig at the president-elect during Sunday's Golden Globes did indeed elicit a Trump response. Streep used her time onstage while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award to talk about when she first saw Trump mock a disabled reporter at a 2015 rally. "It kind of broke my heart," she noted, berating the "instinct to humiliate" that he seemed to display. The New York Times first got hold of Trump right after the awards—it was Times reporter Serge Kovaleski whom Trump reportedly made fun of—and although he said he hadn't seen Streep's speech, he noted he "wasn't surprised" about coming under fire from "liberal movie people."

"People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter's disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing," he said, adding he'd simply been "calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story." He reiterated his stance early Monday with a three-tweet defense. "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!" He also told the Times there'd be "plenty of movie and entertainment stars" at his inauguration and that "all the dress shops are sold out in Washington." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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