On Tuesday, President Trump referred to Bette Midler as a “Washed up psycho” and a “sick scammer.”
This comes as a response to one of Midler’s latest tweets, who is an opinionated and regular criticizer of Trump.
On Sunday she shared a photo of a much younger Trump with a quote he was credited with. It said, “If I were to run, I’d runs as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.”
Midler went on to tweet that, “He certainly knew his crowd.”
The statement is attributed to a People Magazine interview from 1998. However, upon looking through the archives, this exact quote could not be found and was officially marked as a fake.
In fact, in 1999, when Trump did speak about running for office, he remarked that he would probably run as an independent.
To Midler’s credit, she did find out that this was a fake quote and deleted her post. She also made an apology for sharing it and even added a link to a story that fact-checked the photo.
But she also added that “it sounds SO much like him that I believed it was true!”
Trump made is his full response Tuesday, during his visit to the U.K.
“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!”
Midler kept her response to this somewhat lighthearted and instead thanked those who supported and defended her during her “personal Battle of the Bulge with he who must not be named,” saying she was grateful for their thoughts and prayers as a “newly washed up psycho.”