Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Morgan
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Morgan

Donald Trump shot back Monday at Meryl Streep, calling her an “overrated” performer and a Hillary Clinton “flunky who lost big,” as he responded to critical comments the actress made about the president-elect during the Golden Globe Awards.

While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sunday night, the 67-year-old Streep took aim at Trump — without mentioning him by name — criticizing what she called his bullying campaign tactics.

She said she was “stunned” at “that moment when 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.”

She added, “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

Streep’s comments were a reference to a 2015 Trump speech, during which he imitated New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, whose has a physical disability affecting his movements.

Trump has repeatedly denied that he “mocked” Kovaleski.

He took to Twitter Monday morning to lash out at Streep.

“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes,” he wrote. “She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. 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. Just more very dishonest media!”

Streep, one of the most celebrated actresses of all time, has earned 30 Golden Globe nominations in her career, winning eight. She has also earned 19 Oscar nominations, the most by any actress. She has won three, for her work in “Kramer vs. Kramer,”  “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady.”

Trump was a frequent target during the Sunday night Golden Globe ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Actor Hugh Laurie, who also did not mention Trump by name, referenced the president-elect’s vow to crack down on immigration and his distaste for the media, suggesting that Sunday night’s event might be the last Golden Globe Awards, since the sponsoring organization “has the words Hollywood, foreign and press in the title.”

Streep made a similar reference during her speech, saying, You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments of American society right now — Hollywood, foreigners and the press.”

—City News Service

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