Meryl Streep: Trump Shows ‘How Fragile Freedom Is’
Meryl Streep continues to criticize President Trump’s infringements on the personal freedoms of Americans.
The Hill reports:
Actress Meryl Streep tore into President Trump during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala in New York on Saturday, calling the commander in chief a bully and condemning his use of Twitter.
“If we live through this precarious moment — if his catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter — we will have much to thank our current leader for,” Streep said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“He will have woken us up to how fragile freedom is. His whisperers will have alerted us to potential flaws in the balance of power in government.
To how we have relied on the good will and selflessness of most previous occupants of the Oval Office,” she added.
The “Iron Lady” star remarked on “how the authority of the executive, in the hands of a self-dealer, can be wielded against the people, their Constitution and Bill of Rights.”
“The whip of the executive, through a Twitter feed, can lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability,” she said.
Streep’s speech wasn’t focused solely on Trump. She also discussed the arts, humanities and a transgender teacher she had in middle school.
Some social media users shared bits of the speech online.
This isn’t the first time the actress has been critical of Trump. During a Golden Globes speech earlier this year, she got emotional in a speech hitting Trump for being a bully.
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