To Top

Donald Trump just responded to Meryl Streep in the pettiest way possible

President-elect Trump showed off his fragile ego once again this morning, firing off a series of early morning tweets about actress Meryl Streep.

Without once mentioning his name, Meryl Streep — who played the title role in the 2016 film Florence Foster Jenkinspointedly criticized Trump in the acceptance speech she gave at the Golden Globes for receiving the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. She referred to Trump’s mocking of disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski at a campaign rally in 2015 as the most memorable performance of 2016.

“[Kovaleski was] someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. 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,” Streep said. “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

Trump responded Monday morning in tweets sent at 6:27 AM, 6:36 AM, and 6:43 AM, most likely sent shortly after waking up and seeing the news of Streep’s speech all over social media.

Trump mocked Kovaleski at a rally in South Carolina, shortly after Kovaleski pointed out that Trump’s claim of “thousands” of Muslims celebrating the falling of the World Trade Center on 9/11 was entirely unsubstantiated. Snopes.com summed up Trump’s response to Kovaleski at the time:

After referring to Kovaleski as “a nice reporter,” Trump launched into a seeming impression of him, pointedly flopping his right arm around with his hand held at an odd angle while saying (in imitation of Kovaleski): “Now, the poor guy, you’ve got to see this guy: ‘Uhh, I don’t know what I said. Uhh, I don’t remember,’ he’s going like ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said…'”

Trump continues to show no sign of slowing his tweeting habits, which is certain to make the next four years interesting, particularly to see how the next president will respond to criticism from foreign leaders.


Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.

More in Politics