WASHINGTON — Actress and singer Bette Midler, a vocal critic of President Trump, posted a quote incorrectly attributed to Trump on her Twitter account, which prompted a response from the president.
On Sunday, Midler tweeted a photo with the following fake Trump quote: “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.”
Midler apologized the next day for posting the fake quote.
“I apologize; this quote turns out to be a fake from way back in ‘15-16. Don’t know how I missed it, but it sounds SO much like him that I believed it was true!” she wrote. “Yes, one must always check the quotes. That should take up, oh, maybe 23 of the 24 hours in the day? Because there are SO MANY LIES, most of them generated by Trump himself, that the task of separating the truth from the lies is impossible. Which is just how he likes it,” Midler added in a separate post.
The apology was followed by critical tweets about the president, including a photo of Trump at the state banquet on Monday.
“PROPORTION FAIL!! His white waistcoat is at least two inches too long; tailcoat is supposed to be almost the same length as the waistcoat beneath, sleeves should be shorter and show a bit of the cuff below, waist itself is nipped in…what a figure he cuts! Fire the tailor!!” Midler wrote.
On Tuesday, Trump responded to Midler on his Twitter account.
“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,” Trump wrote. “She got caught, just like the Fake News Media gets caught. A sick scammer!”
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, just like the Fake News Media gets caught. A sick scammer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019