Bette Midler, 73, kicked up a social media stir on Wednesday after the Golden Globe-winning actress suggested black people seen in a photograph taken at a rally for President Donald Trump were only there because they had been paid by the president.
“Look, there are African American men in this shot! How much did he pay them to be ‘blackground?’” Midler tweeted in a caption accompanying the image of the Trump rally.
Hi Bette. Maybe you’re not aware but some black people think differently than Progressive dogma wants them to think. Black people are individuals like you or me, with a varied set of opinions. Happy to discuss sometime. Loved you in First Wives Club… https://t.co/rTFx939ckz
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 24, 2019
Midler’s tweet sparked an avalanche of criticism from commenters on social media, many of whom described the tweet as racist.
wow this is a disgusting comment on so many levels? “blackground?” Really? You are really sick, Bette.
— derek schwartz (@derek_mafs) July 24, 2019
Political commentator Dave Rubin weighed in with a tongue-in-cheek lecture for the “First Wives Club” star.
“Hi Bette. Maybe you’re not aware but some black people think differently than Progressive dogma wants them to think. Black people are individuals like you or me, with a varied set of opinions. Happy to discuss sometime. Loved you in First Wives Club…” Rubin tweeted.
“Wow, Bette! That’s some racist crap right there. I guess an old, white woman like yourself gets to decide what and how black people should believe and vote,” one commenter wrote.
Bette Midler and Trump have a history
It’s not the first time Midler has gone after Trump on Twitter. In early June, she shared a fabricated quote and attributed it to the president.
— Mindy Robinson ?? (@iheartmindy) July 25, 2019
“If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. 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,” the quote read.
Miller later deleted her tweet and added: ““It sounds so much like him that I believed it was true!”
In response, Trump slammed the actress as a “washed up psycho” and a “sick scammer.”