Donations to journalism nonprofit surge after Streep speech

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Donations to the Committee to Protect Journalists surged after actress Meryl Streep used her Golden Globes acceptance speech to urge people to support the organization, Money Magazine reported Monday.

In her lifetime achievement award speech, Streep urged the audience to donate to the group as a means to hold President-elect Donald Trump accountable.

“…Our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our Constitution,” Streep said. “So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood foreign press and all of us in our community to join us in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, and we’re going to need us going forward and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.”

{mosads}Courtney Radsch, the Committee to Protect Journalist’s advocacy director, told Money the nonprofit received 700 online donations after Streep’s speech. On Sunday nights, the nonprofit usually receives about five.

Streep cited Trump’s imitation of a disabled New York Times reporter in one of his rallies while on the presidential campaign trail last year as the most devastating “performance” she saw in 2016. She said the imitation left her heartbroken.

“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence,” Streep said. “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

Trump criticized Streep’s speech on Twitter on Monday morning, calling the three-time Oscar winner “overrated” and a “Hillary [Clinton] flunky who lost big.”

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