This is the Real Reason Why Trump Supporters are so Upset with Meryl Streep’s Speech

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:

I then sent this out at 5:15 am CST

Then, magically, 12 minutes later, I saw this gem stroll across my Twitter feed:

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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Carol Lynn

    He’s so vain, he probably thinks the speech is about him.

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  • Dean Wormer

    It took him 20 minutes because it takes a few minutes to lay out a line and snort it between tweets.

  • Luv2Birdie

    He’s just a master obfuscator and manipulator. With that tweet, he turned the world’s attention away from the disaster that is his transition for at least two days. He will always do this kind of thing…and sadly it works. Stay focused on what’s important folks!

  • Karen

    maybe he’s started spell-checking?

  • Jeffrey Bonifas

    I really appreciate your insight on our president-elect actions not only in this instance but also in previous incidents. I was wondering if you have seen and what your opinion is on the agreement that his actions during that rally are a nervous “tick”. They claim that he demonstrated this same behavior during the Republican debates when imitating Ted Cruz. I was just wondering if this tick existed before he started his political campaign or if it is a “convenient” development to cover up his behavior at that event. I saw this on youtube, some guy who claims to be debunking the liberal lies. It was the first video that came up when I searched for Meryl Streep’s speech.

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    He normally goes to Russian hotels to get that anyway.

  • Cris Vulpe

    Well said, Allen Clifton ..