If you’re reading this, then I think it’s safe to say that you’ve already heard about the powerful speech Meryl Streep gave at the Golden Globes. Needless to say, Donald Trump and the mindless sheep who follow him were none too happy with Ms. Streep’s speech.
One of the saddest parts to this whole circus is how easy it is to predict Trump’s childish behavior. Here’s something I posted on Twitter at 4:49 am CST:
— Allen Clifton (@Allen_Clifton) January 9, 2017
I then sent this out at 5:15 am CST
— Allen Clifton (@Allen_Clifton) January 9, 2017
Then, magically, 12 minutes later, I saw this gem stroll across my Twitter feed:
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 (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Fun fact: It took Trump nine minutes to post the second part of his tweet and another seven minutes to post the third part, which was just him claiming that he never mocked a disabled reporter – even though he absolutely did.
One of the things that stuck out to me was that this three-part tweet took him 16 minutes to complete. Just think about that for a moment. A single tweet is, at max, 140 characters – yet it took him nearly 20 minutes to complete his ridiculous rant.
This is someone who has a degree from an Ivy League school, yet it took him nearly 20 minutes to finish a three-part tweet? Really?
I think we need to see his college transcripts.
Sorry, but I had to get that off my chest before moving on to the point I wanted to make in this article: The real reason why Trump and his supporters are so upset by Meryl Streep’s speech.
While this sort of reaction isn’t uncommon, what I’ve seen posted since Streep’s speech has been much more hostile and aggressive than I’ve seen in past instances like these.
It would be easy to dismiss this reaction as nothing more than a continued trend of more hostile and aggressive behavior by those who follow one of the most vile politicians we’ve ever seen, but I think this goes deeper than that. What Streep said wasn’t even all that bad; there have been people who are just as famous saying much worse things about Donald Trump.
What I think bothered these people so much is the fact that she took a classy and respectful path when pointing out how deplorable Trump is, doing so without mentioning his name even once.
But it seems clear, at least in my opinion, that the main focus of her speech – and the heartbreaking way in which she described her feelings about watching that shameful behavior – is what really struck a nerve with Trump and those who support him. Not only did she remind the world that millions of people supported a man who belittled a person with disabilities, but she did so in a way that added the true emotion she felt, not just because of Trump’s wretched behavior, but in her realization that so many people continued to support him even after he did it.
This speech, in particular her comments about Trump mocking this disabled reporter, was an undeniable reminder to those who’ve tried to convince themselves otherwise, that our next president is someone who’s a cowardly bully who targets and attacks those who he feels he’s stronger than. Our next president is someone who’s such an insecure mental infant that he feels the need to lash out at practically anyone who criticizes him, even a man with disabilities.
I’ve found that the more defensive and hostile someone is when they’re accused of something, that’s usually a pretty good indicator of how true the accusation is. As humans, we’re really good about lying to ourselves, or avoiding the truth, to make ourselves feel better about a decision we’ve made. Though we’re also really good at overreacting when we’re called out for that poor decision.
That’s why I really think the reaction to Meryl Streep’s speech has been more hostile than normal. She not only reminded the world of just how despicable Donald Trump really is by emphasizing one of the worst moments in American political history, but she reminded his supporters of something many have tried to pretend didn’t exist or deny actually happened.
And as much as they’ll try to deny Donald Trump actually did this, deep down they know that’s exactly what he was doing during that speech. Otherwise, it wouldn’t upset them this much to be reminded that history will forever look back on them as someone who voted for a presidential candidate who belittled and attacked a man with disabilities.
As they say, the truth hurts.
Thank you Meryl Streep.
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