Receiving a distinguished award at the Golden Globes (I confess, I have no idea of the difference between Golden Globe and Oscar), actress Meryl Streep took a few moments to tell of her heartache caused by America’s choice for president, mentioning specifically his clear mockery of a disabled reporter.
Even those who might disagree with her about trump must be grateful that we live in a country where we can speak so freely without fear of government retaliation.
trump did retaliate, of course, since in his petty little world no insult should be allowed to go unanswered. Streep is overrated, he tweeted in response. That’s cute. The president-elect of the greatest nation the world has ever seen is most at home in the tiny world of tweets.
At the same time, it is scary that trump is unable to handle insults, disagreements, or criticisms in a more mature way. In a couple of weeks he will have more power than a mere Twitter account. Everything about him shouts that he will want to use his power for personal vendettas. That’s the way petty tyrants always are.
He has already called for libel laws to be loosened so that newspapers can more easily be sued.That’s one of his two most prominent characteristics: intimidation, which he frequently uses as his preferred alternative to the other option available to manipulators, which is flattery.
trump supporters seem to think that people oppose trump because of political differences. That’s not the case at all, since trump simply has no political dimension to his personality or his work. Rather, it is a matter of character. trump has proven himself over and over again, year after year, to be a person of incredibly low character. He is devoid of any concern for truth or morality. And that, obviously, raises serious questions about those who voted for him.