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Bette Midler apologizes for calling West Virginians ‘illiterate’ – Billboard

Bette Midler sorry for the state of West Virginia. The Broadway The vet took aim at Sen. Joe Manchin via social media on Monday (December 20) about the centrist Democrat’s refusal to vote on President Joe Biden’s Better Back Building Act, but embroiled the entire state represented by the senator involved in the process.

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“What #JoeManchin, who represents a population smaller than Brooklyn, has done to the rest of America who want to move forward, not backward, like his state, is appalling. He sold us out. He wants us all to be like his state, West Virginia. Poor, uneducated and torn,” she tweeted.

Naturally, this drew a huge response from residents of the state, who were unhappy about being labeled “poor, illiterate, and torn”. Just 30 minutes later, A trick the star backs up her statement with an apology.

“I apologize to the good people of WVA for my last outburst,” she wrote. “I only see red; #JoeManchin and his whole family are a criminal enterprise. Is he really the best that WV has to offer its own citizens? Surely someone out there has the interests of the state, not their own! ”

Despite Manchin’s refusal to support the bill along with the rest of his party – effectively knocking the bill’s ability to pass in a divided Senate – Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced in a letter Monday morning that the Senate still plans to vote on Build Back Better after the start of the new year.

Midler, meanwhile, gets Kennedy Center Honors in early December for her lifetime artistic achievement, alongside Berry Gordy Jr., Saturday Night Live creator Joni Mitchell, Lorne Michaels and more.

Check out Midler’s criticism of Manchin and his subsequent apology to the West Virginians below.

https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/bette-midler-apologizes-west-virginia-illiterate-tweet-1235013330/ Bette Midler apologizes for calling West Virginians ‘illiterate’ – Billboard

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