To the shock and astonishment of absolutely no one anywhere, Donald Trump responded to Meryl Streep’s epic takedown of him with a disparaging Twitter tantrum worthy of a badly spoiled and entitled five-year old. Streep annihilated him at the Golden Globes over his mockery of a disabled reporter, and shredded him over his bullying nature and general immaturity.
Trump called Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,” and said that she was “a Hillary flunky who lost big.” He’s apparently completely forgotten an interview he gave in 2015, in which he gave Meryl Streep some very high praise indeed. He was asked whether there are any actresses he loved in that interview. His response?
“Meryl Streep is excellent; she’s a fine person… The problem is I’ll name three or four or five and then the hundred that I know will be insulted, and I don’t mean to insult them.”
That’s right. Less than two years ago, he said that Meryl Streep was both an excellent actress and a fine person (and we all know that Streep is truly beyond compare). But then, she hadn’t overtly insulted him at the time, or if she had, he didn’t know about it.
This is what Trump does. He loves you to death until you criticize, contradict, or otherwise insult him, and then you’re Public Enemy No. 1 in his book because he and his narcissistic nature can’t handle it. He has a long history of this, praising and then denigrating the following people and groups: Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Michael Bloomberg, Angela Merkel, Rand Paul, Neil Young, Mika Brezezinski, Paul Ryan, George W. Bush, Deadspin, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, and even Fox News.
And we all remember his feud with Megyn Kelly after she asked him, point blank, about his misogyny during the first Republican primary debate. But in 2011, he thought she’d be a great debate moderator.
This smacks of two things: One, that Trump will definitely come after you if you make him look and/or feel bad, regardless of past praise, and two: That he seems to expect favorable treatment if he publicly praises you.
Or perhaps he just has that terrible a memory. It certainly doesn’t seem that he remembers praising so many people he later tried insulting to hell and back. And now he’s done it with Meryl Streep. What a petty manchild.
Photo of Donald Trump by Drew Angerer via Getty Images. Photo of Meryl Streep by Kevin Winter via Getty Images.