Bette MidlerAfter insulting the entire state, she sang a completely different song West VirginiaMonday, in a tweet directed at Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

The Grammy-winning “Wind Beneath My Wings” singer voiced her anger at Manchin for saying he would not support Build Back Better legislation, scuttling Democrats’ $2 trillion measure that would fight climate change, expand Medicare benefits and lower the cost of child care.

But Midler didn’t stop there.

“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 desires us to all be like West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out.”

Midler’s fansAnd criticsClapped back againstThe “stereotyping,” calling her broadside “hateful” and disappointing.

About 40 minutes later, the “Hocus Pocus” star wrote that she was sorry to West Virginians. Manchin was not so.

“I apologize to the good people of WVA for my last outburst,” she said. “I’m just seeing red; #JoeManchinHis entire family is a criminal organization. He is not the greatest thing WV can offer its citizens. Surely there’s someone there who has the state’s interests at heart, not his own!”


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