Meryl Streep Gets Called Out by the Right

Kellyanne Conway, Ann Coulter, others bash Meryl Streep
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2017 2:34 PM CST
Conservatives Lash Out at Meryl Streep
Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, winks as she answers a question from a member of the media as she leaves Trump Tower, in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump was quick to jump on Meryl Streep after the actress spoke out against him during her Golden Globes acceptance speech, and now other reactions are trickling in. On Monday's Fox & Friends, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway accused Streep of "inciting people’s worst instincts" with her speech, Politico reports: "Everybody in that audience, with very few exceptions, was of a single, myopic mind as to how they wanted the election to go and how they expected the election to go. They lost, and I really wish she would have stood up last night and said 'Look, I didn’t like the election results, but he’s our president and we’re going to support him.'" She also took Streep and others to task for acting like Hollywood is under attack from Republicans. "I think where there is self-pity, a lot more self-awareness would do them some charm," Conway said. "Talking about how vilified poor Hollywood is, in their gazillion-dollar gowns. Can I borrow a couple of those for the inaugural, please?"

Meghan McCain echoed that thought process on Twitter: "This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won. And if people in Hollywood don't start recognizing why and how—you will help him get re-elected." Not surprisingly, conservative pundits Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin also weighed in on Twitter. Coulter noted, "Streep Lifetime Achievement Award decided by 93 people in Hollywood Foreign Press. Trump President of U.S, decided by 65 million Americans," while Malkin called Streep a "middle America-hater." E! notes that, of course, Streep's fellow celebrities are reacting quite differently, with many in the audience Sunday night moved to tears and others tweeting their adoration of Streep. On the Daily Beast, Kevin Fallon calls the backlash from conservatives "f---ing ridiculous." "People who continually say Hollywood and awards shouldn’t be platforms for politics and social justice need a new script," he writes. "Have you seen an award show in the last 40-some years? It’s nothing new, and it’s not going to change." (Here's what rising star of the right Tomi Lahren has to say about Streep.)

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