Donald Trump has taken to Twitter, lashing out at Meryl Streep after the actress used her acceptance of a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes to criticize the president-elect. In a series of tweets the morning, he called Streep, who has more Academy Award nominations than any other actor in history, “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood.”

The heat of this battle revolves around the perception that in 2015, Trump mocked a reporter with a disability.

“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter,” she said. “Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”

Streep’s speech wasn’t unusual for an awards show — many actors who’ve won an award have used the forum as an opportunity to air their thoughts on political matters. There’s a long history of that, from 1973, when Marlon Brando declined the Oscar for best actor, which he won for his role in “The Godfather,” and sent activist Sacheen Littlefeather in his place to protest the treatment of Native Americans, to 2015, when Patricia Arquette used her best supporting actress Oscar win for “Boyhood” to draw attention to gendered wage inequality.

But Sunday night’s speech was amplified by how big a star Streep is — big enough that she’s now famous even for how good her acceptance speeches are — the way she delivered it without even mentioning the name of her target, and the general mood of the country.

Trump claimed on Monday, as he has in the past, that he never mocked the reporter, Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times. Video shows Trump flailing his arms in imitation: “You gotta see this guy.”

“For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him “groveling” when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad.,” Trump tweeted. “Just more very dishonest media!”


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