NEW YORK — Actress Meryl Steep appeared last night at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign where she received the organization’s National Ally for Equality Award.
Much like she did last month at the Golden Globes, Streep used her time at the microphone to lash out at President Trump.
“If you think people got mad when they thought the government was coming after their guns, wait until they come and try to take away our happiness,” Streep said, in reference to the LGBTQ community. “We’re not going to go back to the bad old days of ignorance and oppression and hiding who we are,” she added.
Streep began to cry with emotion as she vowed, “We owe it to the people who have died for our rights, and who have died before they even got their own.”
In reference to President Trump, Streep continued: “But 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 this president for. Because he will have woken us up to how fragile freedom really is.”
Streep said the Unites States is quickly learning “how the authority of the executive, in the hands of a self-dealer, can be wielded against the people, and the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The whip of the executive can, through a Twitter feed, lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and all of the imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability.”
Then to grab a cheap laugh, Streep referenced Donald Trump’s tweet after her Golden Globes attack on him, in which he claimed she was overrated. “Yes, I am the most overrated, over-decorated and, currently, I am the most over-berated actress of my generation,” Streep said.
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