Actress and vocal Trump hater Bette Midler offered a quasi-apology after she was ripped online for sharing a widely-debunked meme of President Donald Trump with her 1.6 million Twitter followers. Offering her non-apology apology, the actress suggested it was Trump’s fault she shared the fake meme because he “lies” so much; she also spread another lie about Trump in the process of her “apology.”
Midler posted a fabricated quote from Trump allegedly calling Republicans “the dumbest group of voters in the country.”
“The story goes that in a 1998 interview with People Magazine, Donald Trump said he was considering a run for president and would do so as a Republican because ‘They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific,” left-wing fact-checking site Politifact outlined, admitting that the meme was “pants on fire” false.
Midler published the fake meme with the caption, “He certainly knew his crowd.”
The tweet went viral, racking up more than 27,000 “likes” and duping allegedly legitimate journalists before the actress deleted the post.
As highlighted by The Wrap reporter Jon Levine, former Gizmodo chief and Columbia Journalism School professor Raju Narisetti captioned Midler’s debunked tweet with, “Dumb and Dumber [GOP].” He, too, has since deleted his tweet.
“I apologize; this quote turns out to be a fake from way back in ’15-16. Don’t know how I missed it, but it sounds SO much like him that I believed it was true!” Midler posted on Monday, adding a link to a fact-check debunking the meme.
An hour later, the actress captioned a tweet regarding Trump’s low approval rating in the U.K.: “This, however, is real. Suck it up, Trumpsters!!!” she wrote, ever so contrite.
“Yes, one must always check the quotes,” she followed up. “That should take up, oh, maybe 23 of the 24 hours in the day? Because there are SO MANY LIES, most of them generated by Trump himself, that the task of separating the truth from the lies is impossible. Which is just how he likes it. #CHAOS.”
Further dumping the blame on Trump, Midler responded to a tweet labeling her fake news tweet “very truthy” with another lie about the president.
“I have to say, [it] sounded so much like ‘All Mexicans are rapists’” she said — though Trump never said this — “and ‘I’m the greatest Predident [sic]’ that I bought it!”
“I think we should investigate who created that tweet! They really captured his tone and his personality! What a textual impersonation!!” she added.
Midler made waves in October when she called women the “n-word of the world” in response then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s forthcoming confirmation.
“Women, are the n-word of the world,” Midler wrote in a tweet she has since deleted. “Raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals; denied education and inheritance; enduring the pain and danger of childbirth and life IN SILENCE for THOUSANDS of years[.] They are the most disrespected creatures on earth.”
“I gather I have offended many by my last tweet. ‘Women are the…etc’ is a quote from Yoko Ono from 1972, which I never forgot,” the actress wrote on social media after receiving swift backlash. “It rang true then, and it rings true today, whether you like it or not. This is not about race, this is about the status of women; THEIR HISTORY.”