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Bette Midler Says She Was ‘Wrong’ For Mocking Melania Trump’s Accent

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Bette Midler is apologising for making fun of Melania Trump as the first lady spoke at the Republican National Convention — but not entirely.

“Well, all hell has broken loose because I said Melania ‘still can’t speak English’ last night,” Midler tweeted Wednesday. “I was wrong to make fun of her accent. America is made up [of] people who speak with all kinds of accents, and they are all welcomed always.”

Well, all hell has broken loose because I said Melania “still can’t speak English” last night. I was wrong to make fun of her accent. America is made up people who speak with all kinds of accents, and they are all welcomed always.

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 26, 2020

Midler’s apology comes after the Grammy-winning singer tweeted a series of xenophobic and sexist jokes aimed at the first lady as she delivered her speech Tuesday night. In one tweet, “The First Wives Club” star, 74, viciously slammed Trump’s accent.

“Oh, God. She still can’t speak English,” Midler wrote.

Oh, God. She still can’t speak English.

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 26, 2020

The first lady, 50, was born in Slovenia, which was then Yugoslavia. Her first language is Slovenian. Trump moved to New York in the 1990s to work as a fashion model. In 2001 she scored a so-called Einstein visa for “individuals of extraordinary ability” and in 2005 married President Donald Trump. becoming his third wife. She became a US citizen in 2006, and sponsored her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who became citizens in 2018.

Despite Melania Trump’s citizenship, Midler still hurled another xenophobic attack at the first lady on Tuesday night — and didn’t apologise for it.

Calling her a “bore,” Midler tweeted. “Get that illegal alien off the stage!”

#beBest is back! A UGE bore! She can speak several words in a few languages. Get that illegal alien off the stage!

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 26, 2020

The “Beaches” star didn’t stop there, either. Referring to the president, she also tweeted:

I’m surprised Trump wants to destroy the #PostOffice. He got all his wives from it.

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 26, 2020

Returning her fire to the first lady, she posted:

Anodyne, anodyne, nothing but simple minded pablum. “I have to remind myself that I am very lucky.” I completely agree! You are one lucky Slovenian! And after all that surgery, you hit a kind of horrible jackpot, chained to an colossal idiot.

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 26, 2020

Many Twitter users called out the “From a Distance” singer for her problematic tweets.

I’m a Democrat and this is xenophobic.

— K. Rosef (@kayrosef) August 26, 2020

This *really* isn’t the route I’d take to critiquing a person. There are plenty of better reasons to take issue with her.

— Stacey Kay 💖💜💙 #BLACKLIVESMATTER 🦼 (@heystaceykay) August 26, 2020

It’s kind of astonishing how unabashedly racist and misogynistic you are willing to be. Quite a performance.

— Sarah Ruth Ashcraft (@SaRaAshcraft) August 26, 2020

This is why I don’t want to be a Democrat anymore. Liberals are openly racist, cruel, and completely incapable of understanding what needs to be done to change this country.

As a leftist, I want nothing to do with liberals.

— beth, uprising enthusiast (@bourgeoisalien) August 26, 2020

Midler did not initially apologise when she first began receiving criticism for her tweets.

Why not? Just giving them a taste of their own immigrant bashing medicine. I guess they’re not keen. https://t.co/yAuMjgxqiH

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 26, 2020

The backlash spurred by Midler’s Melania Trump tweets contrasted with the response she received on Monday, after bashing both Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, an adviser to the president’s reelection campaign, for their speeches at the convention that night.

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Bette Midler is apologising for making fun of Melania Trump as the first lady spoke at the Republican National Convention — but not entirely.

“Well, all hell has broken loose because I said Melania ‘still can’t speak English’ last night,” Midler tweeted Wednesday. “I was wrong to make fun of her accent. America is made up [of] people who speak with all kinds of accents, and they are all welcomed always.”

Midler’s apology comes after the Grammy-winning singer tweeted a series of xenophobic and sexist jokes aimed at the first lady as she delivered her speech Tuesday night. In one tweet, “The First Wives Club” star, 74, viciously slammed Trump’s accent.

“Oh, God. She still can’t speak English,” Midler wrote.

The first lady, 50, was born in Slovenia, which was then Yugoslavia. Her first language is Slovenian. Trump moved to New York in the 1990s to work as a fashion model. In 2001 she scored a so-called Einstein visa for “individuals of extraordinary ability” and in 2005 married President Donald Trump. becoming his third wife. She became a US citizen in 2006, and sponsored her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who became citizens in 2018.

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Despite Melania Trump’s citizenship, Midler still hurled another xenophobic attack at the first lady on Tuesday night — and didn’t apologise for it.

Calling her a “bore,” Midler tweeted. “Get that illegal alien off the stage!”

The “Beaches” star didn’t stop there, either. Referring to the president, she also tweeted:

Returning her fire to the first lady, she posted:

Many Twitter users called out the “From a Distance” singer for her problematic tweets.

Midler did not initially apologise when she first began receiving criticism for her tweets.

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The backlash spurred by Midler’s Melania Trump tweets contrasted with the response she received on Monday, after bashing both Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, an adviser to the president’s reelection campaign, for their speeches at the convention that night.

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/bette-midler-apologises-xenophobic-tweet-melania-trump-rnc_au_5f46e894c5b697186e3077a6

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