During a speech at the Human Right’s Campaign’s 2017 Greater New York Gala Dinner on Saturday, actress Meryl Streep hit Donald Trump HARD, calling Trump a bully and condemning his user of Twitter.
“If we live through this precarious moment – if his catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter – we will have much to thank our current leader for. He will have woken us up to how fragile freedom is. His whisperers will have alerted us to potential flaws in the balance of power in government. To how we have relied on the good will and selflessness of most previous occupants of the Oval Office.”
“How quaint notions of custom, honor and duty compelled them to adhere to certain practices of transparency and responsibility. To how it all can be ignored. How the authority of the Executive, in the hands of a self-dealer, can be wielded against the people, their Constitution and Bill of Rights. The whip of the Executive, through a Twitter feed, can lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability.”
Streep’s speech wasn’t focused solely on Trump. She also discussed the arts, humanities and a transgender teacher she had in middle school.
— Jordan Roth (@Jordan_Roth) February 12, 2017
Meryl Streep pays tribute to LGBTQ pioneers and those on the front lines of fighting for civil rights. pic.twitter.com/J6PdfbVTDm
— Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun) February 12, 2017