“Hocus Pocus” witch Bette Midler is notorious for venting her liberal rage on Twitter. These are her most outrageous tweets over the past several years.
Midler used a frightening power crisis that left 12 million Texans without heat and water in early 2021, as an excuse to take a political jab at two prominent state Senators. When an uncharacteristically cold winter storm overloaded the state’s power system with freezing temperatures.
When a Twitter user posted, “Republican Texas is asking for disaster relief after a snow storm, but both their Senators voted against giving relief for Hurricane Sandy? Cornyn and Cruz might be the most inept Senators in the country at this point.”
Midler replied, “Inept” is the wrong word. “Hateful”, “Vicious”, “Cruel” might all apply. I feel for the people suffering thru this weather, but #God doesn’t seem to like #TedCruz or #JohnCornyn. These two also never recognized that #Joe won. If this isn’t payback, I don’t know what is.”
In a follow-up post, the aging celebrity gleefully added that former Vice President Al Gore had predicted a similar scenario. “But as climate change accelerates, many electric grids will face extreme weather events that go far beyond the historical conditions those systems were designed for, putting them at risk of catastrophic failure,” she quoted. “Like #AlGore didn’t tell you this 30 years ago.”
In June of 2021, she caught flack for posting a political cartoon likening the 1921 Tulsa race massacre to the Capitol riot along with the caption, “White rage has always gotten a free pass.”
“So everyone actually being arrested and investigated for what happened on Jan. 6th is just a free pass?” a follower questioned. “How does that line up with all the protesters in Portland getting released without prosecution no matter how many times they try to burn down a building with people in it.”
That September, she called for women to boycott sex in protest of Texas’ new abortion law, which prohibits performing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, or as early as six weeks into the pregnancy.
“The cruelty of the #GOP is endless,” Midler in said her initial post. “We are suffering COVID-19, hurricanes, apocalyptic flooding, wildfires from hell, joblessness, homelessness, evictions, racial strife, and they pick this hideous time to pile on yet another shock to women, by taking away their right to choose.”
“I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress,” she added.
The “Beaches” star called former President Donald Trump arrested for “attempted murder” of President Joe Biden in December 2021. Her social media response came after news that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 and attended a presidential debate with Biden while ill.
“WOW. That rat bastard knew he had Covid on Sept 26, but went on w/his schedule unmasked, exposing everyone at the Barrett ceremony; let’s not even mention his saliva spewing at Biden during the debate! What a pig! He’d sell smallpox infected blankets to soldiers. He’s that guy,” she tweeted.
#DonaldTrump should be arrested for attempted murder,” she added in a follow-up post. “He tried to infect & kill #JoeBiden at the debate; by turning up too late to be tested, knowing full well he was positive; then screeched, sputtered, spit, and foamed at the mouth, hoping to infect Joe. He IS the devil.”
She was forced to apologize to West Virginians later that month, after insulting them during a rant against their Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, after he declined to support Biden’s Build Back Better bill.
“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,” she tweeted. “He sold us out. He wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out.”
A half hour later, she offered up a mea culpa. “I apologize to the good people of WVA for my last outburst. I’m just seeing red; #JoeManchin and his whole family are a criminal enterprise,” she wrote. “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!”
In early 2021, Midler got salty with West Virginia Governor Jim Justice for concluding his State of the State address by holding up his prized bulldog Babydog’s rear end and remarking that, “Babydog tells Bette Midler and all those out there, kiss her hiney.”
She retweeted a photo of the Governor and his dog and captioned the post: “Here we can see a dog’s a–hole. Right next to it is the butt of Jim Justice’s dog.”
In a follow-up, she shared an image that showed West Virginia ranked as 47th overall in the nation in economy, infrastructure, and more.
“BTW, here are the state rankings of all the areas and agencies for which the so-called “Governor” of WVA, #JimJustice is responsible,” she wrote. “Judging from these rankings, I’d say his dog’s ass would make a better Governor than him!”
The “First Wives Club” star repeatedly taunted Americans over surging gas prices in April 2022. She got Twitter backlash for telling “gas-guzzling” pick-up truck drivers that they deserve the hit to their bank accounts.
Then was blasted for tweeting that she was “completely uninterested” in hearing drivers who own pick-up trucks complain. One replier sniped: “And I’m completely uninterested in the opinion of a rich old bag who doesn’t have to worry about money for the rest of her life.”
When a federal appeals court reversed a California that restricted adults 21 and younger from purchasing semiautomatic rifles, the “Ruthless People” star sniped at the NRA with a meme that read: “Planned Parenthood isn’t killing children. You’re thinking of the NRA.”
She was called out as “ignorant” for her reply to MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle’s observation that the baby formula shortage in May revealed an “amazing secret oligopoly” of the three American companies that have lobbied to prohibit foreign imports of formula and are now control 90% of the American market share.
“TRY BREASTFEEEDING!” Midler snapped. “It’s free and available on demand.”
Midler called for Fox News host Tucker Carlson to be arrested in an unhinged Twitter rant related to the Buffalo grocery store massacre later that month.
“#tuckercarlson should be arrested and tried for sedition and fomenting insurrection. #Murdoch should have his citizenship revoked; the damage he continues to do to our democracy will soon become irreparable,” she wrote. “#NewtGingrich should be clapped in irons for getting him past the #FCC.”
“How are citizens supposed to believe in these sacred principles if they are getting slaughtered every time they go to the store?” She questioned in a follow-up. “If a government can’t deliver on this foundational promise, it’s worthless.”
Did Gendron imagine that old Black ladies were meeting up on Saturday morning at Tops grocery store to plan the overthrow of the government? Is that why he showed up wearing tactical gear as if on a military mission? Of course not,” the actress wrote.
“The only people who are plotting insurrection did so inside the walls of Congress and on its front lawn, and accountability for the vast majority of those folks has been negligible,” she finally concluded.
At the end of the month, Midler encouraged her followers to gear up with guns before staging a protest National Rifle Association annual convention in Houston on May 26.
When someone tweeted that “people should show up armed at this conference,” Midler pointed out that the convention would be held “at the George R Brown convention center in Houston, Texas, this weekend,” adding to, “come armed.”
“The Stepford Wives” star went on an insane social media rant after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
“They did it. THEY DID IT TO US!” She posted. “SCOTUS has overturned RoevWade, enshrined in the Constitution as settled law for over 50 years. How dare they? This SCOTUS is absolutely tone-deaf to the will and even the actual needs of the American people.”
She accused conservatives of being “short-sighted and selfish,” adding that it’s none of their “godd**ned business what I do with my body!” Midler said that the nation will soon be “littered with orphans that no one wants,” noting that the government won’t raise “every unwanted child into adulthood,” of pay the salaries of teachers needed to educate them.
“What absolute irony that the death of #RoevWade should be brought to us by #DonaldJacka–Trump, who undoubtedly paid for a hundred of them himself,” she continued. “GET READY, GAYS. YOU’RE NEXT.”
The upcoming “Fabulous Four” star took a break from posting when woke Twitter accused her of transphobia.
“WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name!” She posted on July 4. “They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us ‘birthing people’ or ‘menstruators,’ and even ‘people with vaginas!’ Don’t let them erase you! Every human on earth owes you!”
She walked back her remarks the next day. “PEOPLE OF THE WORLD! My tweet about women was a response to this fascinating and well written piece in the NYT on July 3rd. There was no intention of anything exclusionary or transphobic in what I said; it wasn’t about that,” Midler wrote.
She said the post was about “the same old s–t” women “have been putting up with since the cavemen,” and told haters that if they believed she had “anything but love for any marginalized people” they should look up her Wikipedia page.
“I’ve fought for marginalized people for as long as I can remember. Still, if you want to dismiss my 60 years of proven love and concern over a tweet that accidentally angered the very people,” Midler continued.
“But the truth is, Democracy is slipping through our fingers! I’m all in on trying to save Democracy for ALL PEOPLE. We must unite, because, in case you haven’t been paying attention, divided we will definitely fall,” she concluded.