What happened in this speech was that Mery Streep showed herself to be nothing but a cultural liberal, holding the values that are accepted in the cultural liberal community, but totally unaware of what really is going on in politics.
Thus her attack on Trump in this speech was not helpful since it was a STRAW MAN argument.
Defending legal immigrants who are elites who are not Muslim nor from Mexico doesn't address the issues that Trump has used to propel him to the White House. He has never spoken out against all immigrants.
His attacks (which I adamantly reject) are specific: Mexican undocumented immigrants and Middle East Muslim refugees. Meryl Streep's celebrating Canadian, Australian, British and other foreigner actors and the Hollywood Foreign Press is a "So what?" for those who hold to the specific xenophobic ideas that Trump demagogued.
But cultural liberals, even ones that are the 'most acclaimed actress of our time,' don't really know what the issues are with Trump and those who supported him. They instead are enmeshed in a worldview they haven't really investigated and part of that is that Trump is against foreigners, which of course they react to with horror.
What is the result of this? Well those who support Trump and do so precisely because of his attacks on undocumented Mexican immigrants and Muslim refugees, just get angry at Meryl Streep and dismiss liberals as know nothings who are 'asshats,' (as my high school locker partner was posting on Facebook this morning.) Meanwhile cultural liberals all applaud and feel better about opposing Trump.
Yet no specific argument has been made to counter the specific arguments of Trump on undocumented Mexican immigrants or Middle East Muslim refugees. Thus Meryl Streep's speech was just basically, "Hey, aren't we cultural liberals great and aren't those folk horrid, deplorable, and just beyond the pale?"
Explain to me how that will stop the Imperial project in the Middle East that creates the refugees? Explain to me how that will stop the deporting of undocumented immigrants? Explain to me how that will help anything?