Meryl Streep called out Donald Trump's mocking a disabled person in Golden Globes speech

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What was the most chilling performance of the year? Which performance will stick with us years after 2016 is over? If you ask Meryl Streep, that performance came not from an actor, but from President-elect Donald Trump

While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award during Sunday night's Golden Globes telecast, Streep called out Trump's mocking of a disabled person and said it "broke [her] heart." 

In November 2015, Trump mocked former Washington Post and current New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, a rare musculoskeletal disorder that restricts the range of movement in his arms.

"This instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing," Streep said. 


She continued, "Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose." 

Streep didn't only talk about Trump's mocking a reporter, but also opened her speech by talking about the diverse nature of Hollywood. 

"You, and all of us in this room really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now," Streep said. "Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners, and the press." 

Streep then shouted out several actors and talked about where they were born — including Natalie Portman, born in Israel and Amy Adams, born in Italy. 

"Where are their birth certificates?" Streep asked, in a clear shot at Trump, who began the birther movement against President Obama. 

Streep received a standing ovation from the crowd for her speech. 

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