A Gross Abuse of Power

[Content Note: Bullying; disablism; gaslighting.]

I've got a new piece at Shareblue about Meryl Streep's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, during which she called out Donald Trump's mockery of disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski, and Trump's inevitable response totally proving her point:
Trump calls Streep, who was being honored for her lifetime of amazing work, "over-rated" — as if her status has anything to do with the veracity and significance of her criticism.

He further cites her support of Hillary Clinton as though that renders her criticism irrelevant, and suggests that, because she does not know him personally, she has no right to criticize him.

Those are chilling implications. A president (or even president-elect) intimating that citizens who supported his opponent have abdicated their right to dissent, or that the observations of citizens who do not know him personally — as most citizens do not — will be reflexively deemed illegitimate, is alarmingly hostile to free speech.

...There are people across this country with significantly less prominence than Streep who have similar, valid criticisms of Trump, and intimidating them with such public displays of mockery, insult, and hostility toward their free speech rights is a gross abuse of power.
Head on over to read the whole thing.

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