Everything That Donald Trump Thinks Is Overrated, According to His Tweets

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Donald Trump is none too impressed with the acting chops of 19-time Academy Award nominee Meryl Streep. Reuters

During her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, Meryl Streep took a rather large swipe at Donald 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, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing," she said in reference to Trump's mockery of a disabled reporter last November.

Streep called it the most "stunning" acting performance she had seen. "Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose," she said.

Related: Meryl Streep calls out Trump's bully tactics in powerful Golden Globes speech

Despite La La Land's record seven wins, Streep's speech was the story of the night, and all that was left to do after the show ended was wait for Trump's response. It came early Monday morning and was about as predictable as one could imagine. Naturally, he resorted to petty bullying. Trump tweeted that Streep "doesn't know me," that she is a "Hillary flunky" and that the beloved 19-time Academy Award nominee is "overrated," which has become one of the most reliable digs Trump uses to combat attacks from notable haters and losers.

It makes sense, given what we know about Trump. Calling someone overrated goes beyond simply calling that person "bad." If one were to call Streep a poor actress, someone else could respond by listing her accolades. Argument over. To say she is "overrated," however, calls the accolades themselves into question. When Trump says that Streep is a bad actress, or that The Daily Show is bad television, or that Hillary Clinton is not intelligent, he is saying that the so-called mainstream media are misleading you.

As his campaign demonstrated, this is an intoxicating idea. People want to believe that the truth is being distorted or withheld from them. It gives them an outlet for their anger. Damn Hollywood elites! Trump is right! Meryl Streep IS terrible! It's her fault that I didn't understand Adaptation!

The irony, of course, is that Donald Trump himself is maybe the most overrated cultural or, gulp, political figure in American history. Both his businesses and his presidential campaign were hollow shells, adorned with gold leaf, lies, misdirection and more gold leaf to distract Americans from what was underneath. He is the ultimate psychological projector, casting his insecurities on those who challenge him. Part of his subconscious knows he's a fraud, and so he calls others frauds so as not to have to confront the fact that he lacks all of the traits he values most (intelligence, integrity, class).

Here are a few more examples of this projection from the president-elect's Twitter feed.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017


The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016

Hillary's 'Brainpower'

Trump has long espoused a bizarre understanding of human intelligence, speaking about mental capacity as if it is quantifiable and the mind as if it is some sort of machine. He has often slammed opponents for not having high IQs while praising his own.

Crooked Hillary's brainpower is highly overrated.Probably why her decision making is so bad or, as stated by Bernie S, she has BAD JUDGEMENT

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2016

Bill Clinton

No matter what Bill Clinton says and no matter how well he says it, the phony media will exclaim it to be incredible. Highly overrated!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I always said that Debbie Wasserman Schultz was overrated. The Dems Convention is cracking up and Bernie is exhausted, no energy left!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2016

Barack Obama

Surprisingly, Trump has tweeted about Obama being overrated only once.

Barack Obama is not who you think he is. Most overrated politician in US history.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2012

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio is a total lightweight who I wouldn’t hire to run one of my smaller companies - a highly overrated politician!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2015


This came by way of Trump's famously quoted copy-and-pasted retweets, but it's not as if Trump wouldn't have had the potential to misspell politicians himself, despite his immense brainpower.

"@_Snurk: @realDonaldTrump Love it! Always respect FIGHTERS over overrated loser POLITITIANS!! Inspire GREATNESS! #TRUMP #2016"

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2015

Karl Rove

He's responsible for Ashley Judd's rise.

Via @NRO:“Trump @KarlRove, ‘Most Overrated Man in Politics,’Responsible for Ashley Judd’s Rise” http://t.co/1kgJSU3kjH @elianayjohnson

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2013

George Will

He gets the lifetime achievement award for being dubbed overrated by Trump. Trump first called the conservative pundit overrated in March 2012:

Dopey @GeorgeWill, the most overrated political pundit in the business, continues to downgrade the Republican (cont) http://t.co/c0EnzLzE

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2012

And then did so again in June 2016:

George Will, one of the most overrated political pundits (who lost his way long ago), has left the Republican Party.He's made many bad calls

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2016

(Trump also called Will a "deadpan" in December 2015, but he mistakenly tagged a Twitter user with less than 100 followers named Georgina Williams. A screen shot of the tweet is now Williams's header photo.)

Jerry Seinfeld

Why not?

"@kanikagahlaut: Can anyone explain why @JerrySeinfeld is so unfunny on twitter and @realDonaldTrump is so funny?" Jerry is highly overrated

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2013

Trump called columnist Charles Krauthammer overrated on four occasions in 2015, also adding that he is a "dope," "dummy," "clown," "boring," "the worst" and someone who "pretends to be a smart guy."

One of the worst and most boring political pundits on television is @krauthammer. A totally overrated clown who speaks without knowing facts

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2015

The two most overrated people in the world of Trump are, not surprisingly, the two most prominent members of the media who have criticized him: Megyn Kelly and Jon Stewart, who memorably dubbed Trump "Fuckface Von Clownstick" in 2013.

Trump has tweeted about Stewart's unfairly lofty reputation six times, calling him an "asshole," "total phony" and "not very bright."

While Jon Stewart is a joke, not very bright and totally overrated, some losers and haters will miss him and his dumb clown humor. Too bad!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2015

He's also tweeted about Kelly being overrated six times, while also calling her "crazy," "sick" and "angry."

So the highly overrated anchor, @megynkelly, is allowed to constantly say bad things about me on her show, but I can't fight back? Wrong!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2016

And last but not least...

Donald J. Trump

"@DaveCentrist: @realDonaldTrump The most over-rated person on the planet, Donald J. Trump. Except by himself. Why do you follow loser?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2013

He might be right on this last one, actually.

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