After an introduction by Viola Davis, the 67-year-old Oscar winner talked about the diversity in the Hollywood community and called out the self-proclaimed billionaire for mocking a disabled reporter, saying, "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."
"Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence," she continued. "And the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."
The real estate mogul quickly dismissed Streep as a "Hillary lover" in an interview with the New York Times early on Monday, January 9. In a brief phone call with the Times, Trump said that he had not watched the award show or seen Streep's speech but said that he was "not surprised" that he had been attacked by "liberal movie people."
He also denied, as he has before, that he was mocking the Times reporter she referred to, Serge F. Kovaleski.
"I was never mocking anyone," he told the Times. "People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing."Read More...
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