Monday, 9 January 2017

Slapped Hard With A Velvet Glove


Hollywood Royalty Meryl Streep flexed the most dignified part of her speech giving skills last night with the most effective of put downs against Donald Trump.
Stating that his mocking of a disabled journalist was something that " broke her heart" Streep, in the hushed motherly tones added
"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 and power and the capacity to fight back. It, it kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And 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.
Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose"
The only reply Trump could think to give was to call Streep " overrated"
That comment alone proves to the world that he is an arsehole! 

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  1. Yes, I've just heard about D.T.'s reaction - Ms Streep OVER-RATED? I'm aware that some do think that she acts her head off, but I'd say that many times more people, myself included, think she's the finest screen actress of not just our generation but of since several generations past. So, D.T. - who would you claim to be a truly 'great' actress? Obviously someone who shares your brand of politics. Would that be, just as an example plucked out of the air, Shirley Temple?

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  2. For those who didn't see Trump's angry Twitter response to this, it was:-
    "Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky."
    What a tosser! Meryl Streep is a truly brilliant film actress with many amazing performances both behind and ahead of her. In contrast, Trump is an estate agent... or what Americans would call a realtor.

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    1. nah, the rump is a genuine arsehole! I know many realtors that do NOT act like the rump. and he's not my president either!

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  3. Ms Streep is all the class that he isn't ...

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  4. She is a goddess. I would call him a pig but that is insulting to pigs everywhere.

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  5. You'd think he'd be trying to woo his 'people', but it looks like the opposite.

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  6. Der Trumpenfuhrer has got the thinnest skin of anyone on this planet. He can't let a criticism go without tweeting the hell out of it. This man will fight with Meryl Streep while basking in the flattery of Vladimir Putin. A world turned upside down...

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    1. I will never be able to forgive anyone I know, for voting for him. I cannot help but think they had to share some of his opinions/feelings about things to have wanted him to be the President. he is atrocious .. God Bless America, it is going to need all the help it can get.

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  7. Every time I think about the fact that he will be our president...I really want to throw up. Its so very sad. You can feel the disappointment and sadness and disbelief here in America. I really think it affected a lot of people this Christmas season. No one said anything, but there was a underlying sense of sadness this year. Ms. Streep in my opinion was way too kind. More people should speak out, but when what good will it so? He just tweets back a childish response. Its terrible and its going to be a long four years.

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  8. Totally agree with Meryl Streep, but the reason for my comment, which now seems really irrelevant but why I decided to find your blog today, tonight on amc channel on SKY dont know if you have it Darryl on motorbikes. Sorry if this seems to familiar, as I have never meet you other than through your blog, but have noticed you do seem to like him. Marie

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  9. me again 9pm Marie

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    1. The recorder has been set......i think he's the nicest of guys in real life

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  10. I'm proud of Meryl Streep. She's a credit to our country. Trump is an embarrassment and can kiss my ass.

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    1. She would have made a cracking president

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    2. equally or better qualified for the job, too

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  11. Meryl is a credit to all right thinking people and an inspiration to us all. Trump doesn't even deserve to be labelled overrated. I can't find the words to summarise how I feel about him.

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    1. When she said " my heart broke" his publicist resigned

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  12. Oh now - you've just reminded me of Trump again. Did you watch the 'Outnumbered' Christmas special. Every now and then, one of the characters goes blank or bashes their head against the table. Someone asks them what is the matter, and they say, "I've just remembered Trump again," then they carry on as normal.

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    1. I hope he feels Meryl's slap...it was done with dignity and gravitas .....his reaction reminds me of a child who has been told off by a favourite aunt

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  13. I wonder if everyone ignored him, he'd go away - far, far, away !

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  14. Meryl Streep spoke the truth. I am disabled and have been for nearly 20 years (I have MS, plus other problems not worth mentioning here) I always try to make a joke of my disabilities, especially on the days I'm confined to a wheel chair My husband always plays along. Like parking my wheelchair on a steep slope and saying, 'Shall I take the brakes off now?
    And I'll say, 'yes, let's' see if we can break the record for the most broken bones in one crash! I know it's not sidesplitting humour (unless he actually lets me go) but it keeps us amused.). Trump scares me because he doesn't seem to have any grasp on reality, and yes I did see Outnumbered, and when I saw the kids I felt so old.

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    1. What i loved about the speech was that it was measured, calm and dignified. She knew what she was doing.
      The speech wasnt designed for the theatre audience ( actors for the most part of course hate Trump) it was designed for the tv audience.

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    2. And what a speech it was by Meryl Streep. Well thought out and well spoken for both the audiences.

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  15. This is just the latest in a long line of instances where Trump has shown himself to be unfit to the office.
    59 Million US citizens voted for him. Let us ponder that.

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    1. I hope jon's not reading this post mike

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    2. Heck, I'm used to the Fish blowing bubbles.

      I also lived in Hollywood and have little respect for the hypocritical, condescending liberal airheads who live there.

      Streep is a talented actress but is also rather lame without a cue card to read. Remember the time she testified in Congress that children were dying from eating apples?

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    3. Let us remember that this total of 59 million voters with morality problems is only about one quarter of the entire number of eligible voters in the US. And the other candidate won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. We have a big problem with voter turnout and with partisan politics which pits liberal against conservative and demeans the important work of consensus building. But, as a liberal citizen of the US, I must hold hope that these deplorable, shamelessly morally bankrupt politicians and their supporters are dying out. This is backlash, regressive politics rearing its ugly head for a last gasp before the death knell of a racist, sexist, self-interested party of fascists who have never held the nation's prosperity or its citizens in any esteem. They are bought and paid for whores to our corporatocracy. If you look at the demographic maps by age of voter in this past Presidential election you see a sea of blue among those 18 to 25. That is something to be hopeful for and a place to begin building a better future far removed from the agenda of Putin, his ugly orange pig, or the entire Republican party which will carry this shame throughout history. We are not all fascist here.

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    4. I think we all understand just how fickle voting can be , the brexit vote showed us Brits that...its so much more complicated than we would like xx

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    5. Jon
      Thanks for your comment....streep is a queen is she not?

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    6. Let's not let Jon in on this part, John. Bit deep for him, steep learning curve and all that. Let sleeping dogs lie, as it were.

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    7. @ k I agree with most of what you said but... Who voted all these politicians in before now ?
      My gay daughter lives in a university town and the 18 to 25 didn't vote. She works at a coffee shop and was shocked. They couldn't care and this was a state that voted for Bernie ! It seems if anyone does get out to vote it is the over 65 group.
      I am a Handicapped, grayed haired, overweight, tax paying 70 year old Conservative Democrat with a gay daughter. I have voted in every election and rarely get anyone I vote for in.
      Because I do not live in the liberal pc east and west coast bubble, my vote never counts, plus I get to pay for everything with no help for our state.
      Did I vote Trump NO ! but I did not vote Hillary either. I know too much about both of them to vote for either. I live in a poor small state that doesn't get any help from the government. We get passed over on the way to juicy monied states.
      I keep saying this will be my last year to vote but I show up every 2 and 4 years to cast my ballot.
      If the Brexit vote said anything it paved the way for Trump.
      I can only hope for the best and vote in 2 years in the House of Representatives election.
      God help us all.

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    8. Opps ! Trump is a tantrumed jerk and Streep is a wonderful actor.

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  16. come on donald...keep showing us what a flipping moron you are. 4 years of this? i might have to kill myself. more people have to do what meryl did and do it nonstop. we all need to ask questions and point fingers at him. he is a snake oil salesman that tricked his way into the white house and isn't smart enough to tie his own shoes. a guy told me recently that he finally understands what morning sickness is. because every morning when he wakes up and realizes that trump is about to be president, he has it.

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    1. So THAT'S what's been happening to me - and I thought I was too old for morning sickness. Guess not.

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  17. I could tell you something about the "thin skinned". But then Trump and some of your readers - not that they'd recognize themselves - might take umbrage. Vain, full of themselves yet deeply insecure; in constant need to be validated and propped up by others to feel even vaguely worthy. Whatever Trump has to tweet (tweet? how cute) in reply, I dare say it's all water down Streep's back.

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    1. You never miss an opportunity ursula..the blog is about Streep and Trump, no one else

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    2. So sorry, John, realize my mistake. I didn't mean to say "your" readers, I meant readers/commentators full stop. Please do not forget that I read papers, articles, and comments thereon all day long for a living. Other people's incontinence pads have nothing on that poor sponge my brain is.

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  18. She's a class act for sure and certainly showed up 'the orange man' for what he truly is. A sad excuse for a human being.

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  19. He appears more concerned with informing the American public that Arnold Swarzenegger had lower ratings on the American Apprentice than Trump himself had; rather than preparing to govern one of the largest countries on the planet. Infinitely moronic and infinitely scarey.

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    1. The childish reaction on twitter to things he doesnt like underlines just how unstatesman like he is

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  20. Example of what happens when public school funding is reduced year after year. We produce idiots who have no critical thinking skills. Add to that the moronic reality shows that the above mentioned idiots believe are real. We have a failed reality star with the emotional maturity of an 8 year old...as our president. I would say "god help us" if I believed in one.

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    1. The man INSULTED meryl........in this country that is like shitting in Maggie Smith's front room!

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  21. I hate Donald Trump by what he did to locals building his golf course in Scotland a horrid bully. Our first minister dislikes him good!. If Scotland US relations estrange themselves so be it!. No time for the nut job!.

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  22. Americans apparently like the crazy bully, they voted for him!. Their bed to lie in not ours!.

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    1. This American does not " like the crazy bully!". The majority of us Americans voted agains't him. It is going to be a long, hard 4 years.

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    2. unfortunately, the US bed to lie in extends to every corner of the earth

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  23. I live in the North East of Scotland where we now have a Trump golf course. The story of that being built on sand dunes precious for wild life, his handling of the few people who lived there is well documented. We hate the man. For him to be President of the USA just beggars belief. Menie Estate should find it on google if you want to raise your blood pressure any more.

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    1. I have seen news reports on the fight with trump re golf course, it viewed like a movie!

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  24. Just kill agree xxx

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  25. Justjill, oops sorry I pad thingy correcting spelling grrrr. Xxx

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  26. John, It's a nightmare unfolding. I am hiding under the couch now and comfort eating.

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    1. I just lost a follower! Quelle surprise

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  27. There have been any number of presidents I didn't like/didn't vote for, so this isn't new. In recent memory, at least one other that lost the popular vote and won via the electoral college. Millions are unhappy with the 2016 election results. While I applaud Ms. Streep (she IS a classy lady), as I see it, both main parties in D.C. have 2 - 2.5 years to pull their heads out of their backsides and come up with some solid choices for 2020's election. Preferably not a dozen or more per party, candidates who haven't been in politics since dirt was new, who behave like intelligent adults, have strength of character, and understand the complex population that is America.
    Cameras loved a younger Bill Clinton. So did many voters in the U.S. Instead of wailing and gnashing of teeth for 4 years, there should be a nationwide search for a modern day equivalent. Male or female. White, black or whatever color. Just my opinion. Our election results should be a lesson to all countries.

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    1. There have been presidents I also disliked, but I never had the feeling that they didn't have the welfare of the country at heart. It most mostly disagreeing with their methods to accomplish that. Not so this time. It's even more disgusting that almost the entire Republican party seems to be willing to get on his bandwagon. I expected far more of them.

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    2. Can't say I disagree, Jan. Yet I'm a pragmatist. It is what is is for right or wrong. There's precious little ordinary folks can do. What we *can* do is work towards common goals in our own communities, learning how to disagree respectfully, without anger, accusation and chastisement. We can accept disappointment and be kind to those whose ideology we don't embrace. My grandmother always said, "you'll attract more bees with honey than with vinegar." And we'll live through the next 4 years... we always do, no matter who's at the helm.

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    3. And just think just how popular the next president will be after Trump

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    4. If there is another president! I get the feeling Der Trumpenfuhrer can't wait to get his chubby little fingers on the nuclear bomb buttons and teach us all some respect!

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  28. I don't believe he could communicate at all, if it wasn't for Twitter(ing). He is incapable of complete sentences. He is incomprehensible.

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  29. He also denied having mocked the reporter's disability, saying he was imitating his "groveling." It doesn't surprise me that he obviously doesn't know what groveling means.

    I'm just so damned tired of everything being cast in black and white: us vs. them, liberal vs. conservative, Christian vs. Muslim, religion vs. science, Baby Boomers vs. Millenials, urban vs. rural, on and on and on. Compromise is a bad word, and our country is too lazy to consider anything being nuanced anymore. Worst of all, I sense that it's spreading across all of western culture. Yay, USA <-- said with sarcasm.

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    1. Thats why we need a streep in the oval office

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    2. I have seen the video, and was applauded by his denial of mocking the reported. If I behaved like that in my office and didn't take responsibility for my actions, I would hear tRumps favorite phrase, they would fire my ass.

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    3. Yes! a thousand times this Alison. The infighting, the name calling,the put downs if you are educated and the put downs if you are not. I did elementary school already and I grew up and learned better ways to handle people.
      I have been rewatching the Tudors and I get so mad realizing religion has been at the root of many a war and many a feeling hurt. Add to that that History always seems to repeat itself and my head spins!
      MissFifi

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  30. It could be worse. He could be a homophobic,mysoginistic,xenophobic,racist pig......oh, wait......

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  31. To think we are going from the class act of Obama to such wayward and amoral scum is so painful that I can't bear to watch any of the farewell fete -- in fact anything that reminds me of what we are losing and what we will have to endure. I have no faith that the country will survive -- not as we know it... And Streep was magnificent!

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  32. Ugh. Don't get me started. I'm horrified at the changes happening in my country.

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  33. Don't think there's much to say about Trump that hasn't already been said. It's going to be a long four years.

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  34. Fully agree with you John.

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  35. I'm a liberal Democrat. I held my nose and voted for Hillary Clinton. I knew Trump was going to win. Whenever I would talk to people about the election I wouldn't get a firm answer one way or the other. People were evasive. They wouldn't talk to me, they wouldn't talk to pollsters etc. I knew there would be a ground swell of support for (t)Rump. This has been discounted, but (t)Rump signs were EVERYWHERE. It reminded me of the Nixon/McGovern race in 1972. People despised Richard Nixon and rightly so, but he won in a landslide and attributed it to the "great, silent majority". Well, I think it was the same with (t)Rump. All I can say is you wanted him, you got him and you've got to live with the consequences. Sadly we all do, the USA and the world. I'm glad I'm retiring soon...if (t)Rump doesn't dismantle our Social Security (retirement) system.

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    1. And Cheeto did not win by a landslide. He lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. I fear that Paul Ryan is going to bankrupt a lot of people.

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  36. I applaud what she said - Donald Trump ives in a fantasy world where the only truths are what he thinks, utters & tweets.

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  37. Well done Meryl! Trump is detestable, and I still find it hard to believe he will become president on 20th January. God help us all.

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  38. I couldn't agree more! I'm embarrassed by everything he says and does and I worry about the effect it's having on our country.

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  39. If only there had been more voters out there trying to avoid this happening. Too many people just did not vote. And now we are stuck with this animal for 4 years.
    I am not embarrassed by anything he says, I am not responsible for what he says. Only those who voted him in should feel shame at setting this Thing loose on this country ... Voters for Trump should be ashamed. Very ashamed.

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  40. It would not be a velvet glove that I would have used, John!
    Meryl Streep is magnificent.

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  41. My head reels with the shallow vindictiveness of this creature. I cannot call him a man. What does his family, his daughter, think of such repugnant replies strew out there before the country he professes to be able to "reign" over? The lowest of low. So proud of Ms. Streep. She is a moral compass, bless her.

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  42. I wonder if the orange orangutan and Duterte would agree to a suicide pact, he's not even in yet and we all hate the sight of him

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  43. Every time I read or hear one of his comments, I cringe. He is an embarrassment...uncultured chauvinistic bully.

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  44. Sir, you have a sweet soul, with a little stinger at the end of it. Here's to you!

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  45. I have always loved Meryl Streep but today I love her even more. To say all that, the way she said ~ it just highlighted the difference between the intelligent considered thought of gracious humanity and Trump.

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  46. What I don't understand is how the sheep that voted for him STILL think he's God's gift to mankind! He's backpedaled on all his campaign promises, has created a cabinet of Trump-ites whose main goal is to just make more money for themselves, and he communicates by Twitter!! Made fun of Arnold for "The Apprentice" ratings, and his only reply to the majestic Ms. Streep is that she's 'over-rated.' What a steaming pile of it!

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  47. Well said Ms Streep!

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  48. Couldn't an orang-utan take his place? Maybe no-one would notice, but suddenly realise you lovely people have elected a kind, loving , creature with an aduld mind and vast comprehension and compassion of the wide world about it

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    1. An orangutan would be too clever I think,

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  49. One is a class act. The other is an expected response. Sigh.

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  50. Thanks for all of your comments...of course the reality of the leadership of the free world is more ambigious than anything we know or want.....but I like to be simplistic and want Maggie Rhee as President

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  51. DT is like a bitchy third grade girl.

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  52. This is all so embarrassing.
    Classy speech, that.

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    1. Its all about thinking
      Streep things logically

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  53. I am truly terrified. Seriously thinking about crossing into Mexico before that wall gets built.

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  54. I always loved Meryl Streep, but that speech was beyond any expectations!!!! If every goodthinking, sensible american would walk up to the White house, stand firmly in a 150 layer circle around and utter the same, strong and sincere blow to his credibility, that would be the end of his getting in to office . Or his fair chance to repent. Wouldn't it? So many wise comments here, you have good friends , John!!

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  55. I can't imagine what people around the world are thinking about this man. For those of us who think like Meryl Streep, this is a nightmare of great magnitude. DT is so lacking in grace, integrity, diplomacy, humility, adult behavior, and many more things. His name should be Tweety Bird.

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    1. On Oz we should bite our tongues. We voted in a right-wing, entitled lunatic as well!

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  56. Im so happy to see everyone feels the same way I do about Meryl's choice to speak her heart...she said it for all of us who don't get a chance to be on National TV! Thank you Meryl for your courage and your message of Hope..."Take my broken heart and make art"

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  57. I thought she was brilliant . . .
    Not a movement in the room either . . .
    when she took him down.
    The sad part, NOTHING seems to phase him.
    He takes zero responsibility . . . never wrong . . . fault is always with the other person.

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  58. I can't add anything because I agree with each and every comment above. I do have another name for him though, douche bag. Also, regarding his very thin skin, one of my Facebook friends has named him "trumplethinskin". I love it!

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    1. Twitler is one I heard that made me laugh.

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  59. Good on you Meryl, the sad part is that Trump can't let things slide he has to have the last word acting like an immature child with his stupid tweets he is so thin skinned that he is a danger to us all, his need to get even with anyone who speaks out against him scares me with his finger on the button.

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  60. I'm grateful for each and every person that speaks out against that man and what he has emboldened from hateful people, whether their audience is large, small, or even the choir. I am still as gutted as I was Nov 9th about this whole sad reality.

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    1. me too. it's like "groundhog day" every day. :(

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  61. Like Meryl, my heart broke when he mocked that reporter. I could not believe what I was seeing. He has insulted and demeaned anyone who speaks against him. He called a man who fought for our country and spent years as a POW a loser. This man has said that he could shoot someone on 5th Ave and his followers wouldn't care. It seems that he was 100% right on that one. He is morally corrupt and our Republican congress is going along. These are frightening times. Bless Meryl and hopefully many others will be brave enough to stand up to this bully.

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  62. With the news in the last few days, I'm beginning to suspect that we have elected Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump to enrich the Trump family (w insider info), Pence & McConnell to ram through Conservative legislation, and T***p to be a distraction to the country so that we don't notice. Actually, that's most terrifying of all, because when it's all done, no matter what the next administration can reverse, the US -- and, yes, its allies -- will have lost many things that cannot be recovered.

    But how anyone could disagree with the simple matter of "it's not okay to mock those who have had a harder time in life than you" is beyond me. These are very dangerous, troubled times.

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  63. As horrified and disgusted as I am with the election of Trump, it gives me hope to see that so many people feel way as I do about this national travesty.

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  64. Shows his character...and that he really has none.

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  65. But Jennifer - I see no hope. Nothing can stop Trump taking the Presidential seat in a week's time. Congress has agreed to him becoming President; Obama can serve no more than 8 years, even in an emergency such as this and Republicans will make sure (with Putin's help) that their orange Trump will be the one with his finger on the red button. He's unstoppable - unless someone is willing to lay down his/her life to save their country and the rest of the world. Once that button is pressed, there's no going back. God help us all.

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  66. The President Elect has not held a press conference since last July. One is scheduled for this evening, but might not take place. The President Elect has a tendency to change his mind, postpone promises and so forth. Most of his cabinet appointees have yet to submit required ethics forms to the Congress. Republican Congressional leaders wish to rush through Congressional approvals of these appointees this week. The President Elect has established a pattern of ignoring rules and standards. It is indeed a very scary time.

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  67. Magnificent Meryl, she is so dignified, her words will have rung true to millions of people.

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  68. Can we impeach him before the inauguration?

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  69. The man is mentally unstable and a narcissist...

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