Actress Meryl Streep may have received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at Sunday's 74th annual Golden Globes, but to President-elect Donald Trump, she is "overrated" and a "Hillary [Clinton] flunky."
In a powerful and emotional speech, Streep called on those in Hollywood to remain empathetic and those in the press to "hold power to account" as she accepted the award.
And without ever mentioning the Republican president-elect by name, Streep skewered Trump from the stage.
The liberal star addressed a certain "performance" that she said "sank its hooks" into her heart — that of Trump's apparent mimicking of a disabled New York Times reporter while campaigning in 2015.
"It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie," Streep said. "It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same."
"Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose," she continued.
In a series of tweets early Monday morning, Trump hit back at Streep for her "attack."
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1483961270.0
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1483961762.0
"groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1483962206.0
And in an interview with the New York Times, Trump said that he did not watch the Golden Globes nor did he listen to Streep's speech. However, he said he was "not surprised" that he was criticized by "liberal movie people."
He told the Times:
I was never mocking anyone. I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story.
People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter's disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing.
As Yahoo News' Colin Campbell pointed out Monday morning, Trump has used the term "overrated" in tweets approximately 40 times to describe someone or something.
Streep supported Trump's Democratic opponent for president, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and energetically encouraged those at the Democratic National Convention to vote for the first woman president.