While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep took the opportunity to remind everyone that the man set to assume the presidency later this month once publicly mocked a disabled reporter. The speech, widely shared on social media overnight, ultimately elicited what we've come to regard as an unfortunate daily occurrence: a series of non-threaded Trump tweets.
"It kind of broke my heart, and I saw it, and I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie," Streep said during her Globes speech Sunday. "It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing."
As sadly expected, Trump used his early Monday morning tweets to respond to Streep's criticism. By Trump's estimation, the "media" is "dishonest" for simply reporting on actual things that actually happened. Additionally, Trump feels that Streep—who bagged her third Oscar back in 2012 for The Iron Lady—is "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood [sic]."
Trump, presumably very busy preparing for his impending presidency, also managed to find the time to speak with the New York Times about Streep's comments Monday morning. "I was never mocking anyone," Trump said of his apparent imitation of Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski. "I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story."
As reiterated in the Washington Post Monday by Callum Borchers, Trump's repeated dismissal of claims he mocked Kovaleski's disability simply don't add up:
"Trump can complain about Streep's speech all he wants, but she was right about his cruel treatment of Kovaleski. And Trump was wrong about Kovaleski's reporting."
Peep Borchers' full breakdown of the visual evidence right here.