Trump denounces Streep as 'overrated Clinton flunky'
- 'Disrespect, violence' -"This instinct to humiliate, when it's modelled 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 said. "When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose." Trump has denied mocking Kovaleski and again defended himself on Monday against Streep's accusation. "For the 100th time, I never 'mocked' a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him 'groveling' when he totally changed a 16-year-old story that he had written in order to make me look bad," Trump said in a series of tweets.
- 'Self-pity' -"Everybody in that audience with very few exceptions was of a single myopic mind about how they wanted the election to go," she said, criticizing what she called the "self-pity" of multi-billion-dollar industry Hollywood. "Talking about how vilified poor Hollywood is, in their gazillion dollar gowns? Can I borrow a couple of those for the inaugural please?" she said. "Somebody with a platform like Meryl Streep is also I think inciting people's worst instincts, when she won't get up there and say, 'I didn't like it, but let's try to support him and see where we can find some common ground'." Streep spoke with less than two weeks to go until Trump's inauguration. "Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. If you kick 'em all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts," she said, holding back tears. She urged the "principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage," to cheers from the floor. Streep, considered one of the greatest actresses of her generation, was presented with the DeMille award to mark a career which has seen her win eight Golden Globes and collect 29 nominations. Star Trek actor George Takei was among those who leapt to her defense. "A better president would take criticism without name calling," he wrote in a flurry of his own tweets. "Just admit you're a bully -- and a liar," he later added, along with: "What a small, small man. SAD!"