Bette Midler slammed as xenophobic, racist over offensive tweets about Melania Trump
Bette Midler is taking heat for a series of tweets aimed at First Lady Melania Trump’s accent, heritage and ability to speak several languages while Mrs. Trump was addressing the GOP during the 2020 Republican National Convention.
“#beBest is back! A UGE bore! She can speak several words in a few languages. Get that illegal alien off the stage!” tweeted Midler during the address.
Midler claimed that she was just giving Republicans a taste of their own rhetoric.
“Why not? Just giving them a taste of their own immigrant bashing medicine. I guess they’re not keen,” she tweeted in a follow up.
But as Andrė Bauer, former GOP lieutenant governor of South Carolina and CNN analyst observed last year, “Opposing illegal immigration does not make Republicans anti-immigrant, just as supporting the punishment of jaywalking does not make someone anti-pedestrian.”
Bauer was not renewed by CNN after that statement, showing Midler isn’t the only racist progressive.
Midler was trashed by social media users in response to her immigrant-bashing of the First Lady.
“Always enjoyed your entertainment but I have to say that comment was so totally beneath you. Furthermore I could understand every word she said even though she does have a heavy accent. Let’s face it someone who thought Mr. Weinstein was the greatest should not be casting stones,” said one Twitter user.
In fact, one of the best moments from the convention was when President Trump administered the oath of allegiance to five new, naturalized American immigrants during the convention — one each from Bolivia, Lebanon, India, Sudan and Ghana
“You followed the rules, you obeyed the laws, you learned your history, embraced our values, and proved yourselves to be men and women of the highest integrity,” Trump told the newest American citizens.
“It’s not so easy,” Trump added. “You went through a lot. And we appreciate you being here with us today.”
Other Twitter users were more direct in their assault on Midler’s tweet.
“I guess this is a good example of how celebrities talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. Democrats are xenophobic,” said one.
“Disappointed. Very racist tweet,” said another tweet. “The epitome of what you claim @realDonaldTrump and @flotus to be. People’s accents are what make America. My mother lived in the US for over 50 years. Never quite lost her accent. So I guess that doesn’t make her American.”
The White House was officially silent, but Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) went on Fox News to condemn the Midler comments.
“You could only imagine, if this was the First Lady of a Democratic president, they would have said that? Can’t we put that aside? Can’t we put America first?” McCarthy said.
“The partisanship is too much when I see the criticism like that … We’ve watched this First Lady time and time again put our country first and party last,” he added.
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