Kellyanne Conway slammed actress Meryl Streep for not mentioning the Chicago torture victim when she took Donald Trump to task for mocking a disabled man during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. Demille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
“My initial reaction is I’m glad Meryl Streep has such a passion for the disabled because I didn’t hear her weigh in and I didn’t hear her use her platform last night, Ainsley, to give a shoutout 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,” Conway told “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt Monday morning.
She continued, “So, I’d like to hear from her today if she wants to come and continue her platform on behalf of the disabled.”
Conway was referring to the four individuals — 18-year-olds Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper and Brittany Covington, as well as 24-year-old Tanishia Covington — accused of torturing a special needs man and streaming it on Facebook Live.
They have been charged with felony crimes, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
In the video, the assailants, who are African American, are shown yelling at the bound and gagged man, who appears to be white. At least one of the assailants can be heard saying “f– white people” and tells the victim to say “f— Donald Trump.”
The famed actress used her acceptance speech Sunday night to rip Trump without saying his name, but Conway wishes she took a different strategy. As Conway told Fox, she wish the actress had said something more along these lines: “I didn’t like the election result, but he’s our president and we’re going to support him.”
Donald Trump took to Twitter to call Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood.”
“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,” Streep told the audience on Sunday night. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”
“[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,” the “Florence Foster Jenkins” actress continued. “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Streep also called on Hollywood to support a free and independent press as we find ourselves entering the Trump era. “We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage,” she said. “That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution.”
She concluded by invoking the memory of the late Carrie Fisher, saying, “As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art.’ Thank you.”
Watch the video above.