The Golden Globes were, for the most part, a politics-free affair on Sunday evening. At least overtly speaking. Until Meryl Streep took to the stage. Although she never mentioned Trump by name, it was clear who she spoke about. At length, and with clarity and purpose, she distilled the vileness of our incoming president-elect, referencing the time he mocked disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart,” she said. “Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth.”
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“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,” she said in her remarks. “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
Trump flatly denied that he had done such a thing.
“I was never mocking anyone,” he told the Times. “I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story…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.”
He in fact did.