In a statement Thursday, Mr. Trump called Ms. Midler a “wacko” over her comments that Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin wants the rest of the country to be like his home state of West Virginia — “poor, illiterate, and strung out.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll tell the real facts about her in my book. I love you, West Virginia!” the former president wrote.
The former president claimed a double standard about media outrage, referring allusively to the two … having an online history.
For example, when Ms. Midler tweeted a fake quote falsely attributed to Mr. Trump in the midst of a June 2019 tirade against the then-president — not her first — Mr. Trump called her a “washed up psycho” and “a sick scammer!”
“Wacko Bette Midler said horrible things about the great people of West Virginia and Joe Manchin, but when I say much less offensive things about her, everybody goes wild,” Mr. Trump said in Thursday’s statement.