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'Overrated' Streep Again Lashes Trump, 'Bots'

Actress lashes out against president in even more harsh terms
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2017 9:33 AM CST

(Newser) – Apparently undeterred by backlash over the last time she assailed President Trump, Meryl Streep hit him again in a public speech Saturday night, saying that while she'd much prefer staying at home to "load the dishwasher," she couldn't sit quietly through his presidency, reports Fox News. "It’s terrifying to put the target on your forehead, and it sets you up for all sorts of attacks and armies of brownshirts and bots and worse, and the only way you can do it is to feel you have to," Streep told the Human Rights Campaign, which was awarding her its National Ally for Equality Award. "You have to. You don’t have an option. You have to." The New York Times notes that it's not clear who Streep was equating to "brownshirts," a stinging term referring to paramilitaries who helped bring about the rise of Adolf Hitler.

"If his catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank this president for," Streep continued. "Because he will have woken us up to how fragile freedom really is." The Times calls her speech "an even more stinging rebuke" than that she delivered at the Golden Globes, though she gave a nod to the president's reaction to that one, admitting that "I am the most overrated, overdecorated and, currently, overberated actress, who likes football, of my generation." Trump's Twitter feed wasn't exactly silent on Sunday, but made no mention of Streep. (Donations surged the last time Streep attacked Trump.)

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