Kellyanne Conway lambasted actress Meryl Streep on Monday for ignoring the most recent high-profile abuse of a disabled individual in favor of repeating a “debunked” claim against President-elect Donald Trump in Streep’s Golden Globes rant Sunday night.
On Sunday, Streep revived allegations that during a 2015 rally, Trump mocked disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who was involved in a dispute with Trump over allegations that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Conway, who managed the Trump campaign and will serve as counselor to the president in the Trump White House, said that if Streep wanted to be relevant instead of political, all she had to do was cite the horrific case of a special-needs man who was tortured for hours by four tormentors who posted part of their abuse on Facebook Live.
“I’m glad Meryl Streep has such a passion for the disabled because I didn’t hear her weigh in or I didn’t even hear her use her platform last night … to give the shout out to the mentally challenged boy who last week was tortured live on Facebook for half an hour, by four young African-American adults who were screaming racial and anti-Trump expletives and forcing him to put his head in toilet water,” Conway said during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
“So I’d like to hear from her today, if she wants to come and continue her platform on behalf of the disabled,” she added.
Conway said the claim that Trump had been mocking the reporter’s disability has been “debunked … so many times.”
She said Streep, a Hillary Clinton supporter who attended President Barack Obama’s farewell party Friday at the White House, doesn’t realize the campaign is over.
She said Streep “sounds like 2014. The election is over. She lost.”
Conway took a broader swipe at Hollywood, whose stars have used award shows to attack Trump since the president-elect began his campaign.
“Everybody in that audience with very few exceptions was of a single myopic mind of how they wanted the election to go and how they expected the election to go. They lost,” she said.
Conway noted that the cult of perpetual whining is one facet of the Hollywood culture.
“And I really wish she would have stood up last night and said, ‘I didn’t like the election results but he is our president and we’re going to support him.’ But this is Hollywood,” Conway said.
She contrasted the image stars invoke with the reality of their wealth.
“I think where there is self-pity, a lot more self-awareness would do them some charm. Talking about how vilified poor Hollywood is, in their gazillion-dollar gowns. Can I borrow a couple of those for the inaugural address?” Conway said.
She offered similar comments in an interview on CNN.
“When you tune into the Golden Globes award show, is it always appropriate to talk politics?” Conway said. “They can say what they want, but then they have to be held to account.”