Henninger: Streep Speech Highlights Why Trump Won
WSJ editor says Golden Globes tirade the 'kind of political correctness' voters rejected in 2016
Journalist Daniel Henninger said President-Elect Donald Trump won the presidency, in part, exactly because of the type of political correctness actress Meryl Streep exhibited during her Golden Globes acceptance speech, according to an interview Monday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
Henninger, the deputy editorial page director of The Wall Street Journal and a Fox News contributor, decried Streep’s pointed attacks against Trump while she was accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award Sunday evening. According to Henninger, Streep’s words demonstrated a textbook case of “political correctness” harbored among the liberal Hollywood elite while offering further proof of why American voters rejected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“One of the reasons [Trump] won … was about the kind of political correctness that Meryl Streep represented the other night.”
“One of the reasons [Trump] won — yes, a lot of it was about the economy — but a lot of it was about the kind of political correctness that Meryl Streep represented the other night,” Henninger told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham. “Trump made it clear that there was a huge swath of the American electorate outside the East and West Coast who — they’ve been upset about political correctness for a very long time. But this brought it to a white heat the last election. People were disgusted.”
Henninger pointed to Canadian actor Ryan Gosling, whose own acceptance speech that same night lacked any of the political rancor contained within Streep’s.
“Ryan Gosling, I think, is probably a liberal. But for the life of me … why can’t more of them be like Ryan Gosling and stand up there and give a straightforward speech — thank his friends, thank his family, and get off?” Henninger said. “I mean, they’re actors!”
Although she did not mention Trump by name during her speech, there was no doubt whom Streep was targeting with her words.
Alluding to Trump’s strict platform of curbing illegal immigration and enforcing border security, the actress painted the president-elect as a racist. Streep then specifically highlighted Trump’s alleged mockery of Serge Kovaleski, a disabled reporter for The New York Times.
“It was that moment, when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter — someone he out-ranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back,” Streep said. “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 in real life.”
Incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway noted the actress failed to express any sympathy for the disabled white man whose torture at the hands of four black people was live-streamed on Facebook last week. The disabled Chicago man was forced to say “f*** Trump” in what police are calling a hate-crime.
“I didn’t hear [Streep] even use her platform last night to give a shout out to the mentally challenged boy who last week was tortured live on Facebook for half an hour by four young African-American adults who were screaming racial and anti-Trump expletives and forcing him to put his head in toilet water,” Conway said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”
But no — Streep was only interested in drawing attention to events that support her political paradigm.
“But this is Hollywood. I think where there is self-pity, a lot more self-awareness would do them some charm,” Conway said. “Talking about how vilified poor Hollywood is, in their gazillion-dollar gowns. Can I borrow a couple of those for the inaugural, please?”
Trump's former campaign manager also lamented that Streep felt the need to use her platform to politicize the arts by going after the president-elect instead of using her platform to promote unity throughout the country.
"We have to now form a government and I'm concerned that somebody with a platform like Meryl Streep is also, I think, inciting people's worst instincts when she won't get up there and say 'I didn't like it but let's try to support him and see where we can find some common ground with him,'" Conway said.
"[Streep] sounds like 2014. The election is over. She lost," Conway added. "Everybody in that audience, with very few exceptions, was of a single, myopic mind as to how they wanted the election to go and how they expected the election to go. They lost and I really wish she would have stood up last night and said 'look, I didn't like the election results, but he's our president and we're going to support him.'"
Trump responded to Streep's lecture on Twitter Monday with a series of three tweets.
"Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes," Trump tweeted.
"She is a … Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never 'mocked' a disabled reporter (would never do that) 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!"