The premise behind the only Golden Globes speech anyone remembered is completely false.
For anyone out of the loop, on Sunday, Meryl Streep called out Donald Trump during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an award for lifetime achievement.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” she said. “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. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”
Streep was referring to Trump’s remarks during the campaign, when he allegedly mocked New York Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski because of his physical appearance. Kovaleski suffers from arthrogryposis, which contracts the joints in his right arm and hand, leaving them permanently bent. The condition has no impact on Kovaleski’s speech or voice.
If Trump was indeed mocking the disability it would be reprehensible – but that’s not what he did. In fact, the mannerisms he used to mocked Kovaleski are the same mannerisms he’s used to mock others — including Ted Cruz (who certainly isn’t disabled) — going back years.