Trump hits back at Meryl Streep, calls actress 'overrated'

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Jan 9 (Reuters) - Donald Trump hit back at Meryl Streep on Monday, calling her an overrated actress after the three-time Oscar winner condemned the U.S. President-elect's imitation of a disabled reporter.

Streep had turned an acceptance speech at Sunday's Golden Globe awards into a blistering attack on Trump. "This instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life," she said.

Streep and much of Hollywood supported Trump's rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, in the November election.

Trump, a Republican, wrote on Twitter: "Meryl Streep, one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes.

"She is a Hillary flunky who lost big."

The tweet was Trump's second public response to the Streep speech. Early on Monday, he said in a telephone interview with the New York Times: "People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter's disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Meryl Streep accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Amy Schumer (L) and Ben Hanisch attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actors Susan Kelechi Watson (L) and Milo Ventimiglia at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards sponsored by FIJI Water at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: 74th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Jessica Chastain arrives to the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017. (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Managing Director Starz Network Carmi Zlotnik and Elizabeth Zlotnik attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actors Sterling K. Brown (L), John Travolta, Milo Ventimiglia, and Kelly Preston at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards sponsored by FIJI Water at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actresses Kerry Washington and Lily Collins at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards sponsored by FIJI Water at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: (L-R) Brie Larson, Alex Greenwald, and Eddie Redmayne attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actors Jonah Hill and Laura Dern attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Zoe Saldana (L) and Marco Perego attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Octavia Spencer at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards sponsored by FIJI Water at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
Olympic swimmer Conor Dwyer and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles arrive at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: 74th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Director Paul Verhoeven, poses with the Best Foreign Language Film award for 'Elle' in the press room at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Musician Pharrell Williams (R) and executive producer Mimi Valdes attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Hugh Laurie, winner of Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for 'The Night Manager,' poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Jeff Bridges (R) and Susan Geston attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Sunny Pawar (L) and Dev Patel pose in the press room at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, January 8, 2017, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross holds the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for "Black-ish" during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The cast and producers of "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" pose with their award for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross holds the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for "Black-ish" during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
The cast and producers of the television comedy "Atlanta" pose with the award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Hugh Laurie poses with the Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series award for his role in The Night Manager, in the press room at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, January 8, 2017, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Streep was referring to a 2015 incident at a South Carolina rally where Trump flailed his arms and slurred in his speech in apparent ridicule of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has a physical disability.

In his Twitter comments, Trump repeated his denial that he had mocked the reporter.

Streep, without naming Trump, used almost the entire speech when accepting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award to criticize the real estate mogul's behavior and policies, while calling for Hollywood to stand strong against any attacks and to support a free press.

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