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In emotional speech, Streep renews harsh criticism of Trump

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/12/2017 By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer
Meryl Streep attends the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Meryl Streep attends the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Meryl Streep has renewed her harsh criticism of President Donald Trump and his policies, and has spoken of the need to stand up to what she called "brownshirts and bots and worse" since she first criticized the president at the Golden Globes in January.

Meryl Streep attends the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Meryl Streep attends the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

In a speech to the annual gala of the Human Rights Campaign, a leading national LGBT group, the actress also jokingly referred to Trump's description of her as overrated — saying she is actually "over-berated" right now.

Meryl Streep, left, and Ken Burns attend the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Meryl Streep, left, and Ken Burns attend the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

In remarks that occasionally turned tearful, she also said the new president has awakened the country to how fragile freedom really is.

Meryl Streep attends the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Meryl Streep attends the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

Streep, who received her 20th Oscar nomination in January, said the weight of all her honors compels her to speak out, despite the fact that it goes against her natural instincts to do so.

Meryl Streep, left, and Ken Burns attend the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

Meryl Streep, left, and Ken Burns attend the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)
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