Bette Midler is under fire for posting a racially charged tweet in which she suggested President Donald Trump had paid African-Americans to attend a recent rally.
"Look, there are African American men in this shot! How much did he pay them to be 'blackground'?" the liberal actress wrote Wednesday in the controversial tweet, which included a photo of Trump at a rally where black men are seen standing in the crowd.
Midler then fired off several other anti-Trump tweets to her 1.7 million followers, which included accusations that Trump had "sold out his country for a building in Moscow"
The tweetstorm soon drew backlash, with many accusing her of racism.
"Bette Midler, how dare you make a blanket statement that black people can’t think for themselves & that they must be paid off if they don’t agree with you. Your statement is so condescending & racist. 'From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.'" wrote @GlenWoodfin.
"These men aren’t allowed to support Trump because they’re black? I dunno. Telling someone they can’t do something based on the color of their skin sounds... racist," replied @russiatweetbot1.
Midler has been vocal about her feelings toward Trump in the past and has been known to spark controversy. Last month she credited Trump with a fake quote that she alleged had been given to a magazine in 1998, Fox News reported.
She later apologized, claiming to have somehow "missed" that the quote was fake. "[B]ut it sounds SO much like him that I believed it was true!" she added in her post.
Trump's response? A tweet accusing Midler of being a "washed up psycho" and a "sick scammer."
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