On Sunday night, national treasure and Hollywood icon Meryl Streep used her Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at last night’s Golden Globes to drag Donald Trump to hell and back for mocking disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.
“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence,” Streep told the Hollywood glitterati in attendance, and the millions watching the awards at home. “And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
On Monday morning, like clockwork, the extremely dignified, not-at-all-petty President-elect responded with a Twitter hissy fit for the ages.
It’s worth noting that Trump is wrong about Kovaleski having changed his 2001 story on the FBI’s interest in Muslims living in Northern New Jersey. As the Washington Post noted after an exhaustive investigation into the incident, it just never happened—Trump was clearly and unmistakably mocking the reporter for his physical disability. No more, no less.
When pressed by the New York Times about Streep’s criticism, Trump explained that despite the seeming antipathy displayed toward him by Hollywood’s best and brightest, he was confident that his inauguration would nevertheless be a star-studded affair.
“We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars,” Trump insisted. “All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”