Bette Midler issues apology after describing West Virginia as ‘poor, illiterate and strung out’

Bette Midler issued an apology to West Virginians on Monday not long after issuing a tweet in which she described the state as “poor, illiterate and strung out.”

“What #JoeManchin, who represents a population smaller than Brooklyn, has done to the rest of America, who wants to move forward, not backward, like his state, is horrible. He sold us out. He wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out,” Midler tweeted.

Less than an hour later, the celebrity actress and singer issued an apology to West Virginians.

“I apologize to the good people of WVA for my last outburst. I’m just seeing red; #JoeManchin and his whole family are a criminal enterprise. Is he really the best WV has to offer its own citizens? Surely there’s someone there who has the state’s interests at heart, not his own!” Midler wrote.

During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said that he will not vote in favor of the massive spending proposal that the Biden administration and other Democrats want to pass.

Manchin told Brett Baier of Fox News, “I’ve always said this Brett, if I can’t … explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it. And I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation, I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there,” Manchin said.

Since no Republican senators back the proposal, Democrats could only ram the plan though if the entire Senate Democratic caucus was on board.

Meghan McCain fired back at Midler on social media, tweeting, “This is abhorrent. Way to stereotype. WV is a beautiful state with loyal hard working people making a hard earned living for their families. WV workers make coal companies & the rest of the country rich & energy supplied on the backs of their hard working & dying coal miners.”

Former Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted that, “It would be hard to encapsulate the condescension leftists feel for tens of millions of Americans any better than this does in one tweet.”





Alex Nitzberg