De Niro: Streep’s Globe speech was ‘great ’

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NEW YORK — Hol­ly­wood heavy­weight Robert De Niro has come to the de­fense of Meryl Streep.

The mul­ti­ple Os­car-win­ner wrote a let­ter of sup­port to his “The Deer Hunter” costar fol­low­ing fall­out af­ter her Golden Globes speech that crit­i­cized Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump. Streep said that “when the pow­er­ful use their po­si­tion to bully oth­ers, we all lose.”

“What you said was great. It needed to be said, and you said it beau­ti­fully,” De Niro wrote. “I have so much re­spect for you that you did it while the world was cel­e­brat­ing your achieve­ments. I share your sen­ti­ments about punks and bul­lies. Enough is enough.”

A De Niro rep­re­sen­ta­tive con­firmed the let­ter was au­then­tic.

De Niro and Streep have co-starred in four films: “The Deer Hunter,” ‘’Fall­ing in Love,” ‘’Marvin’s Room” and “First Man.”

Be­sides en­dors­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton for pres­i­dent, Streep has been aligned with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, and even im­per­son­ated Trump at a gala in Cen­tral Park. De Niro, for his part, made a splash dur­ing this cam­paign sea­son in a vi­ral video, call- ing Trump “a pig,” ‘’an id­iot” and “a mutt, who doesn’t know what he’s talk­ing about.”

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