An Arizona Republican fired back at Bette Midler with references to Midler’s own music catalog after the American singer and actress accused the congresswoman of “grandstanding” and referred to President Donald Trump as a “criminal.”
The Twitter spat began on Wednesday, amid House impeachment proceedings.
Midler’s remarks came following Rep. Debbie Lesko’s performance during the hearing, where the House Judiciary Committee was considering two articles of impeachment against Trump.
“If anyone is guilty of abusing power or obstructing Congress, it’s the Democrats, not the president,” Lesko said on Wednesday.
“This is the most corrupt, rigged, railroad job I’ve seen in my entire life.”
In response, Midler snarked that Lesko was “grandstanding bigtime!!”
“Blame the Dems, don’t blame the criminal in the WH. His own actions, his own words, have led him to this day. He’s a fake, installed by Russia. Maybe Richard Nixon was “not a crook”. But this guy really is,” she said in a tweet to her nearly 2 million followers on Twitter.
Lesko replied the next day, making reference to classic hits in Midler’s oeuvre.
“Hey gal, looks like the ‘wind beneath your wings’ has turned into hot air,” she tweeted.
“Unlike Nixon, no crimes committed by Trump. Democrats just acting like ‘Ruthless People,'” Lesko added, alluding to a 1996 comedy film starring Midler and Danny DeVito.
Hey gal, looks like the “wind beneath your wings” has turned into hot air. Unlike Nixon, no crimes committed by Trump. Democrats just acting like "Ruthless People." https://t.co/Byq6ElxoOH
— Debbie Lesko (@DebbieLesko) December 12, 2019
The Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction against Trump on Friday.
The full House, where the Democrats hold a majority, is likely to approve the charges next week, completing the impeachment process and sending Trump for trial in the Senate within weeks. But the Republican-led chamber is unlikely to vote to find the president guilty and remove him from office.
(Reuters contributed to this report.)