Before the best picture gaffe stole the show last night, Hollywood took some shots at President Trump during the Academy Awards, a chorus political strategists say plays right into the president’s hands and solidifies his status as the antithesis of liberal elites.
Host Jimmy Kimmel set into Trump right away, citing a “divided country” in his opening monologue and leading a standing ovation for legendary actress Meryl Streep, who made headlines after attacking Trump in her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes last month.
Kimmel mockingly referred to Streep as “overrated,” something Trump called Streep in a dismissive tweet after the Golden Globes, before honing in on race relations under Trump.
GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said the Americans who put Trump in the White House would likely be put off by quips at the commander in chief.
“Any time Hollywood liberals politically grandstand it helps the president,” O’Connell said. “Ordinary Americans have never been to Tinseltown, and their concerns revolve around making rent and paying college loans, not virtue signaling for the sake of standing on a red carpet.”