The United States President-elect, ‘Donald Trump’ has dismissed the statement made by award-winning actress, ‘Meryl Streep’ who slammed the president-elect for bullying and disrespecting others as she made reference to Trump's alleged imitation of a disabled New York Times reporter in 2015.
Donald Trump who labeled Meryl Streep as a 'Hilary Clinton Lover' stated that he never mocked anyone, adding that if Meryl Streep and others could read his mind, they would realize he never mocked the reporter.
"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 and remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary".
Donald Trump further stated that he was confident celebrities would turn out for his inauguration on January 20th regardless of Streep and her comments.
"We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars. All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration".
During her acceptance speech, Meryl Streep who received the Cecil .B. DeMille Award at the just-concluded 2017 Golden Globes Award slammed the president-elect for mocking a New York Times reporter by the name, Serge F. Kovaleski in 2015.
Meryl Streep said;
"But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. It was 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".
"It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. 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 kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect; violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. OK, go on with it".
Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States of America comes up on Friday, 20th January 2017 with many believing the turnout for the event will be low.