Actress Bette Midler joked that someone in President Donald Trump’s posse should “shiv” him — a term typically interpreted to mean “stab.”
What the heck?
It all began when Midler took aim at Trump in a tweet that attributed a fake quote to the president. Social media trashed Midler after sharing the post, which featured a debunked anti-Trump meme.
“If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican,” the fake quote said. “They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They love anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.”
While on a state visit to the United Kingdom, Trump tweeted about Midler’s faux pas, which had circulated widely on the internet and drew criticism from all corners of the web.
In a fiery tweet, Trump snapped, “Washed up psycho @BetteMidler was forced to apologize for a statement she attributed to me that turned out to be totally fabricated by her in order to make ‘your great president’ look really bad.
“She got caught,” he continued, “just like the Fake News Media gets caught.”
“A sick scammer!” the president concluded.
Naturally, Midler’s supporters rallied around her after the president’s dig, which may have emboldened her to offer her latest Twitter rebuttal that got her a lot of negative response.
What did she say?
The 73-year-old actress wrote, “He actually looks better here! Maybe someone in his camp can gently give him a shiv. I mean, shove.”
Despite the obligatory social media backlash, the tweet remains live on Midler’s page at the time of this writing.