Meryl Streep was honoured at the Golden Globes for a lifetime of notable work. She used this moment to talk about an incident that stunned her. In her speech, Streep recalled an incident where Trump mocked a New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski for his disability during a rally in 2015. Kovaleski has a congenital joint condition, and Trump impersonated the reporter by waving his hands around wildly.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me — it sank its hooks in my heart. 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,” she said. “It was the moment where the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. 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 head because it wasn’t a movie, it was real life.”
She continued, “This instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everybody’s life because it gives permission for other people to do the same. Disrespect invited disrespect, violence incites violence, and when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.” However Trump denied it, “I was never mocking anyone,” Trump said. “People keep saying I that I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing.”