While speaking to Stephen Colbert earlier this month at a film festival benefit in New Jersey, the Oscar-winning actress said that she is scared of President Trump because she empathizes with the legal danger his family is in.
"I'm scared. I'm scared by him, by his possibility," she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "And I do empathize with him. I can't imagine what his 3 a.m. is like. There's a gathering storm -- everyone feels it, he feels it. His children are in jeopardy, and I feel that. I think, 'What if my children were in jeopardy?' I would do anything -- anything -- to get them out of trouble. So we should be afraid. That's what I think."
So far, Trump's former campaign manger, Paul Manafort, and his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, are among those connected to the president that have been indicted on felony charges. But there have been reports that Mueller may be coming after the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., and even his beloved daughter, Ivanka Trump.
The president's steady stream of early morning tweetstorms sure make it sound like he's feeling the storm, too, as he continues to call Mueller's investigation a "WITCH HUNT." Just today he sent out these two gems:
“Democrats can't find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey's testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion.” @FoxNews That's because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,...
....which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama's - but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer's liability if he made a mistake, not me). Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!
Streep's answer was a response to Colbert asking, " "What's it like for you to see somebody who is the President of the United States who is the top politician who is indifferent to the idea of empathy? I'm not sure he knows what you mean when you say it."
Before that, the comedian introduced Streep to the stage by reading Trump's tweets targeting her after that fiery 2017 Golden Globes speech. The president called the movie star "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" after she criticized him without mentioning his name. "Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence," she said while bashing POTUS for his infamous mockery of a disabled reporter during a rally. "When the powerful use their power to bully others, we all lose."
Streep responded to Trump's insults a month later while accepting an award from the Human Rights Campaign, vowing to stand up against him and his supporters.
"It's terrifying to put the target on your forehead, and it sets you up for all sorts of attacks and armies of brownshirts and bots and worse, and the only way you can do it is to feel you have to," Streep said. "You have to. You don't have an option. You have to."
The term "brownshirts" was originally used to refer to a military group who helped Adolf Hitler on his rise to power.
Calling Trump's criticism of the award-winning actress into question , Streep said: "I am the most overrated, overdecorated and currently over-berated actress who likes football of my generation."
Referring to Trump, she later said: "If his catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn't lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank this president for because he will have woken us up to how fragile freedom really is."
Aiming directly at his social media presence, Streep said, "The whip of the executive can through a Twitter feed lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and imagined enemies with spasmodic irregularity and easily provoked predictability."