Bette Midler regrets insulting ‘poor, illiterate and strung out’ people of West Virginia amid Manchin tirade

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Comedic actress Bette Midler viciously struck out at Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and the good people of West Virginia on Twitter Monday following his refusal to back President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act, calling them “poor, illiterate, and strung out.”

Now, the 76-year-old leftist is attempting to walk back her bitter words and people pretty much don’t want to hear it. Some things can’t be taken back and few believe she is actually sorry.

“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,” Midler tweeted. “He sold us out. He wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out.”

The backlash against Midler was immediate and intense. She was excoriated by both conservatives and liberals for displaying the true hatred that liberal elitists in Hollywood have for mainstream Americans.

It didn’t take long for the “Hocus Pocus” star to realize she had stepped in it big time and issue an apology.

About an hour later she tweeted, “I apologize to the good people of WVA for my last outburst,” she wrote online. “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!”

Being self-absorbed and tone-deaf, the incident didn’t slow Midler down. She just couldn’t help herself and launched another attack against Manchin.

After Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) blasted Manchin’s decision, the singer/actress tweeted, “His indifference is immense. Like the rest of his family, he hasn’t a shred of conscience.”

Midler’s disparaging comments followed Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL) who also trashed West Virginia over the Build Back Better bill not passing due to Manchin. He told Politico that the state was an “irrelevant part of our economy.”

Midler and progressive Democrats came unglued following Manchin stating on “Fox News Sunday” that after failing to come to an agreement with Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the Build Back Better Act he just couldn’t support the legislation.

He said that he couldn’t sign off on the bill because of skyrocketing inflation, a burgeoning national debt, geopolitical unrest, and COVID. Manchin remarked that the bill was just too much and he couldn’t support it.

“I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t,” the senator said. “I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there. This is a no.”

(Video Credit: Fox News)

Schumer is vowing that the Democrats will vote on the bill next year but without Manchin’s vote in an evenly divided Senate, the legislation is almost assuredly dead on arrival.

Midler’s disdain for those in West Virginia was dragged on social media:


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