“President-elect Donald J. Trump dismissed Meryl Streep as ‘a Hillary lover’ early Monday morning after the actress, in a speech at the Golden Globes award ceremony, denounced him as a bully who disrespected and humiliated others,” as the New York Times is reporting.
“Mr. Trump, in a brief telephone interview, said he had not seen Ms. Streep’s remarks or other parts of the Globes ceremony, which were broadcast on NBC, but he added that he was ‘not surprised’ that he had come under attack from ‘liberal movie people.’
“The Globes were the last high-profile Hollywood event before Mr. Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, a transfer of power that many in the entertainment industry have bemoaned.
“While anti-Trump comments at the Globes were relatively restrained, Ms. Streep, one of the most outspoken progressives in the film world, mounted a powerful critique of Mr. Trump’s abilities as a performer, complimenting in a backhanded way a style of showmanship that she all but called insidious.
“’There was one performance this year that stunned me — it sank its hooks in my heart,’ Ms. Streep said. ‘Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth.
“’It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter,’ she said, referring to a speech by Mr. Trump in 2015 when he shuddered and flailed his arms, seeming to mock a disabled reporter for The New York Times. ‘It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.’
“Mr. Trump, as he has done many times before, grew heated in the interview as he flatly denied that he had intended to make fun of the Times reporter, Serge F. Kovaleski.
“Later Monday morning, Mr. Trump, in a series of tweets, called Ms. Streep ‘one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,’ and ‘Hillary flunky who lost big.’ He also reiterated his argument that he had not mocked the reporter ‘but simply showed him ‘groveling.’ ”