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Streep Reveals Consequences Of Her Rant Against Trump

| by David Bonner

Meryl Streep has once again attacked President Donald Trump in a fiery speech.

She was speaking on Feb. 11 at an event where she received the National Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, notes The New York Times.

During her address, Streep implied that her anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes in January led to a backlash, and went so far as to reference Nazis in her explanation, reports the Daily Mail.

"It's terrifying to put the target on your forehead and it sets you up for all sorts of attacks and armies of Brownshirts and bots and worse, and the only way you can do it is if you feel you have to," she said.

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"'Evil prospers when good men do nothing," she continued. "We shouldn’t be surprised that fundamentalists, of all stripes, everywhere, are exercised and fuming."

She said that Trump had demonstrated "how the authority of the executive, in the hands of a self-dealer, can be wielded against the people, and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights ... the whip of the executive can, through a Twitter feed, lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and all of the imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability."

Her prior speech at the Golden Globes on Jan. 8 focused on Trump's controversial travel ban, which suspended worldwide refugee entry into the U.S. and barred visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations for up to 90 days.

Hollywood, Streep noted, "is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts."

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She went on to say: "Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose."

In response, Trump took to Twitter, denouncing Streep as "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood," and a "Hillary flunky who lost big."

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times(2) / Photo Credit: Neon Tommy/Wikimedia Commons