Meryl Streep made headlines after taking a jab at then President-elect Donald Trump at the 2017 Golden Globes. Following a campaign speech in late 2015, Trump had faced major backlash over an offensive impression of The New York Times’ Serge F. Kovaleski. So, when Streep accepted her lifetime achievement award, she used the opportunity to publicly shame Trump for mocking the journalist’s disability.
“There was one performance this year that surprised me,” the beloved actress said. “It sank its hooks in my heart. Not as a result of it absolutely was smart … There was nothing smart concerning it. But it absolutely was effective, and it did its job. It created its meant audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment once the person asking to take a seat within the most revered seat in our country imitated a disabled newsman, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capability to fight back.” Streep added, “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it.”
For his half, Trump later defended himself on Twitter. In addition to calling Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” (…okay), he claimed, “For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that).”