Donald Trump, after being chastised by Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes, struck back on Twitter in characteristic fashion. The popular actress had criticized Trump for imitating a disabled reporter, saying it broke her heart.
The president-elect quickly responded, calling Meryl Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and a “Hillary flunky.” Streep, who has received 30 Golden Globe nominations, supported Hillary Clinton throughout the election. She also appeared at the Democratic National Convention to speak in favor of Hillary. According to the New York Times, she said those who nominated Clinton had “made history,” and compared the Democratic nominee to Amelia Earhart and Harriet Tubman.
In his response to Meryl Streep, Trump also denied that he had ever mocked a disabled reporter, saying that he was trying to show the reporter “groveling” after changing a story from over a decade ago to make him look bad. The reporter in question was Serge Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis. The condition limits the movement of his arm.
How was Kovaleski supposedly groveling? Well, Trump had made a claim during his campaign that “thousands” of people were celebrating after the 9/11 attacks. When widely criticized for this statement, he referred to a piece written by Kovaleski in 2001. Kovaleski demurred and Trump mocked him. However, as USA Today points out, the piece only stated a “number” of people were celebrating, hardly justifying Trump’s statement.
The president-elect nevertheless may have had a point. While the clip alone made it seem as if he was mocking Kovaleski’s disability, as Meryl Streep believes, other video evidence has circulated showing Donald Trump has made similar motions in criticizing other, non-disabled people. For example, he has done the same for Ted Cruz, a general, when talking about bank regulators, and in a Larry King interview. In all four cases, disabilities had no clear connection. As Thea Conrad adds, Kovaleski’s condition does not cause his arms to move in the sort of motion Trump exhibited.
In her speech at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep also took sideways shots at football and mixed martials arts. She stated that Hollywood was filled with foreigners, and if they all left, there would be nothing to watch but football and MMA. This upset the MMA community, who argued that foreigners played a large role in the sport, including the UFC, where multiple champions were from foreign countries. According to Rolling Stone, UFC President Dana White responded saying the sport’s key demographic might not be for an “80-year-old lady.” Bellator MMA’s president Scott Coker also responded, but with an invitation to attend one of the company’s events.
By Brett Chandrasekhar
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