Upon accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Streep recalled a performance in "real life" that "stunned her."
"It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter," she explained. "It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life."
While Streep never mentioned Trump by name in her Golden Globes speech, she appeared to be referencing an interview he did in 2015 with The New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski. "This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life," she continued. "Because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing."
On Monday morning, Trump reacted to Streep's speech in a series of tweets. "Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes," the 70-year-old politician said of the eight-time Golden Globe-winning actress. "She is a Hillary [Clinton] flunky who lost big."
Trump further defended his interaction with the Times reporter. "For the 100th time, I never 'mocked' a disabled reporter (would never do that)," he insisted. "But simply showed him 'groveling' when he totally changed a 16-year-old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!"
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
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
"groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Streep, who was also nominated for 30th Golden Globe this year, concluded her speech with a plea for more empathy and a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. "We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight," she said. "As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, 'Take your broken heart and make it into art.' Thank you, friend."
Here's a look at how her peers responded to her powerful message: