On 1/10/17 Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post finally weighed in on the subject of the republican President-Elect lashing out against Meryl Streep’s unflattering remarks about him while she was on stage during the Golden Globes Award ceremony. Everyone who has observed how he projects his anger in response to any negative comments, no matter how trivial, has to be wondering as to how the president-elect will act when he is criticized by foreign officials.
Here are excerpts from his report, What Trump is really saying in his tweets: I’m weak:
“Seriously? Is President-elect Donald Trump so thin-skinned that even criticism from Meryl Streep triggers a nasty, over-the-top response? What kind of crybaby have Americans elected as their leader?”
“One of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,” Trump called the most acclaimed actress of our time, demonstrating that he is no more prepared to become critic in chief than commander in chief.”
“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” she said. “It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. . . . There was nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. 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.”
“The incident to which she referred actually took place at a rally in November 2015, when candidate Trump mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has a medical condition that limits the motion of his arms. While denouncing Kovaleski, whom I have known for years, Trump gestured similarly to the way the reporter does.”
“This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful,” Streep said, “it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”
“Streep was hardly the first critic to attack Trump for that “performance,” and she won’t be the last. But Trump must have stewed about it all night, because he rose to tweet his “the morning, calling her “over-rated” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”
“He couldn’t endure Alec Baldwin’s impression of him on “Saturday Night Live,” calling it “not funny” and saying that it “just can’t get any worse.” He reacted to an unflattering piece in Vanity Fair by saying that the magazine is “way down, big trouble, dead!” and that its editor has “no talent.” He taunted his replacement on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, for having low Nielsen numbers “by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT” — and noted that Schwarzenegger was not a supporter of his campaign.”
“I don’t believe Trump’s tweets are part of some sophisticated strategy to draw attention from other events and topics. To me, this looks like simple action and reaction. When someone criticizes him publicly in a way that threatens his stature, he seems compelled to hit back. He can’t seem to ignore any slight.”
“That’s a sign of weakness, not strength — as Putin and other world leaders surely have figured out.”
MY THOUGHTS: Meryl Streep is now my favorite “Nasty Lady.” She reflects my thinking on bullying.