Oscar Winning Director Ron Howard Starts War With Trump Fans Who Messed With Streep (TWEETS)

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During Sunday’s Golden Globe awards, Meryl Streep delivered a powerful speech criticizing President-elect Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter during his presidential campaign.

Streep told the audience:

‘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 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. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.’

Not surprisingly, Streep has received a lot of backlash from people who felt it was inappropriate for her to use the awards ceremony as a platform to discuss an issue that matters to her.

Piers Morgan claimed that Streep’s speech “inflamed America’s division,” and Meghan McCain accused Streep of being the reason that Trump got elected in the first place.

At the same time that people were criticizing Streep for speaking her mind, though, she was also being praised and defended by others, including award-winning director Ron Howard.

Howard originally praised Streep for having the “guts” to say the things she did.

When people went after the actress for “repeating lies” from the mainstream media and drawing attention to Trump, Howard jumped in to call them out for their hypocrisy.

Howard reminded these Twitter users, who accused Streep of not understanding “the facts,” that Trump used his celebrity status to speak out about issues important to him — like the “Birther” movement — for years.

When someone tried to take the Meghan McCain approach and claim that drawing attention to Trump was going to get him re-elected for a second term, Howard responded with a little bit of much-needed optimism.

Donald Trump himself commented on Streep’s speech Monday morning, calling her “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood” and a “Hillary flunky.” Howard had a response ready to go for the president-elect, too, begging him to behave with the decorum that is expected of a president.

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