The White House Just Publicly Came Out In Support Of Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech

Following a speech Meryl Streep made at the Golden Globes this year where she criticized Donald Trump, the White House has publicly come out in support of the renowned actor’s statements.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest offered commentary, praising the sincerity and heartfelt nature of Streep’s statement.

‘She clearly was delivering a thoughtful, carefully considered message that she believes in deeply… It seemed to me to be fairly straightforward exercise of her First Amendment rights as a citizen of the United States.’

Though Earnest confessed he had not had a conversation with President Obama about Streep’s speech, he told press that he didn’t think the president would come out in support of her statement, at least until after his term of office was over. Earnest elaborated, saying that the President’s responsibilities at the moment are incompatible with being politically outspoken.

‘He’s got institutional responsibilities… He has to set aside those personal feelings in order to preside over an effective transition… The president has faithfully presided over a process that has done exactly that.’

Streep’s speech during the Golden Globes on Sunday night, when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award, took a moment to decry the actions of the president-elect during a particular incident where he mocked and imitated a physically disabled reporter.

‘But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good — there was nothing good about it — but it was effective and 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. 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.’

Trump, in turn, replied, referring to Streep as “overrated” in a tweet, and a “Hillary flunky who lost big.” He also defended his own actions in the process.

President Obama awarded Streep the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.

Watch the video of Meryl Streep’s speech below.

Featured image is a screen capture from the video.

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