I’m not sure which is more shocking – that Donald Trump mocked a disabled reporter or that he continues to hide behind his threadbare charade that he never did so.
I mean, the man proclaimed that he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose support, so why cower behind such a flimsy cover-up? His clan won’t care. They all claim they detest political correctness. C’mon, Mr. Trump. Man up. Admit what you did, and let’s move on.
At last night’s Golden Globes, Meryl Streep was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and she recalled Trump’s disgraceful behavior in her acceptance speech:
“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, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”
Streep continued by noting the impact of such appalling behavior:
Trump’s reaction? He tweeted feeble insults and continued his charade:
Meryl Streep overrated? Have you seen her work, Mr. Trump? A list of her awards and nominations is HERE. Plus, did you see her as BB-8 in “The Force Awakens.” Did you catch her on Broadway starring as the title character in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Harvey? The woman is amazing.
Pictured at the right: Meryl Streep received rave reviews for her remarkable portrayal as BB-8 in "The Force Awakens."
Then there’s the “I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that)…” Mr. Trump, we’ve all seen the video. It won’t go away. Man up, DJT. Man up and move on.
A very similar incident occured in the late-1800s when Fredreich Drümpf, a distant relative of Donald Trump, ran for governor of Ohio. Information on Drümpf is HERE. He also mocked a disabled reporter, and he too denied his self-indulgent and despicable bullying. Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request) wrote about the incident in his poem "Blackhearted Brute a quaver makes" (below on the left). Dickinson's poem is thought to be one of the inspirations for third cousin Emily's poem "Forbidden Fruit a flavor has" (below on the right).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
Blackhearted Brute a quaver makes
A news Reporter mocked –
Then daily lies within the Press
The World is Duly shocked –
By Emily Dickinson:
Forbidden Fruit a flavor has
That lawful Orchard mocks –
How luscious lies with the Pod
The Pea that Duty locks –