Mr. Trump is Trounced by Meryl Streep

If you shout louder than everyone else it does not make you right.

“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,” Donald Trump shouts in a Tweet.

Calling people names does not make you clever.

“She is a Hillary flunky who lost big,” Trump said in a Tweet.

Refusing to take responsibility for acting out the physical challenges of a New York Times reporter does not excuse your actions.

“I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that)” Trump said in another Tweet, “but simply showed him groveling.”

Let’s repeat: shouting louder, name calling, and acting out someone’s physical disabilities are not characteristics appreciated in a man who is going to be President of the United States.

Still worse is the unfortunate attribute of not taking responsibility for bullying people, including Meryl Streep, or the cruelty of mimicking a disabled reporter, and not knowing that these are behaviors that are reviled by civil society.

Quietly, and with dignity and grace, here is Meryl Streep:

“There was one performance this year that stunned me — it sank its hooks in my heart,” Ms. Streep 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.

“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter,” she said, referring to a speech in 2015 when Mr. Trump shuddered and flailed his arms, appearing to mock a disabled reporter at The New York Times. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”

At Garn Press we agree with Meryl and thank her for her courageous Golden Globe speech.


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