Meryl Streep targets Donald Trump in powerful speech

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From Digital Spy

Meryl Streep's first speech against Donald Trump at the Golden Globe Awards in January earned her praise from many corners - and now she's taken on the President again at another awards show to really make her point.

The actress was in New York yesterday (February 11) to accept the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT group, and she used her speech to attack President Trump once again, telling the audience to stand up to "brownshirts and bots and worse".

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Photo credit: Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

"If you think people got mad when they thought the government was coming after their guns, wait until they come and try to take away our happiness," she said, according to Metro.

"We're not going to go back to the bad old days of ignorance and oppression and hiding who we are.

"We owe it to the people who have died for our rights, and who have died before they even got their own."

But the much-loved actress did say that there's one thing we should be grateful to President Trump for, adding: "If [Trump's] catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn't lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank our current leader for.

"He will have woken us up to how fragile freedom is."

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Photo credit: Getty Images

The speech reportedly earned Meryl a two-minute standing ovation, so it seems like there was a slightly better reaction to her speech last night than at the Golden Globes - or at least, than Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson's reaction to Meryl at the Golden Globes.

In that speech, Meryl hit out at the then President-elect for his anti-immigration rhetoric, saying: "Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."

And of course Donald Trump was quick to react too, calling Meryl "overrated". We wonder what he'll say about this speech...

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