Bette Midler's 'Poor, Illiterate' West Virginia Blast and Quick Phony Apology: Elitism at Its Finest

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The question isn’t “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” It’s “How many times have we seen it?”

As the histrionic left-wing puddle of goo continues to seethe over West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin’s announcement that he is a hard “no” on Biden’s “Build Back Better” pile of steaming peat moss, Hollywood has-been Bette Midler responded the way any sensible person would respond:


She called the entire state of Virginia “poor, illiterate, and strung out.” (Emphasis and brackets, mine.)

What Joe Manchin, who represents a population smaller than Brooklyn [and that matters, how?] has done to the rest of America, who wants to move forward, not backward, like his state, is horrible.

[She has zero idea what she’s talking about.]

He sold us out. [“Us,” who?] He wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out.

Ooh, nice effort. Although she should have included “inbred” for the win.

Let’s be clear.

Bette Midler does not matter. Zero. Like Cher, she’s a washed-up has-been who has been irrelevant for years and remains desperate for attention and relevance. She crawls out of the woodwork occasionally, only to embarrass the hell out herself occasionally, as if she matters. She doesn’t.

What does matter in this latest Hollywood Loony Tunes episode is a perfect example of liberal elitism:

  1. Say the most bitter, horrible thing(s) you can think of about a person, group, policy, et al.
  2. If get blistered for saying it, issue a hollow apology, generally laden with nonsensical excuses.
  3. Continue to be your disgraceful bitter-leftist self.

Anyway, that “blistered for saying it” part began immediately and within an hour of Midler’s silly tweet, she issued an equally silly apology — which was even more hilarious — to “the good people of West Virginia.”

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.

Is he really the best [as determined by whom?] WV has to offer its own citizens? Surely there’s someone there who has the state’s interests at heart, not his own! [Got ignorant arrogance?]

Oh, please. That apology was as phony as the color of her hair and whatever else she’s got going on.

And the “I’m just seeing red,” followed by more drivel, was her attempt to justify or rationalize lashing out and calling an entire state poor, illiterate, and strung out.

Of course, it’s not just Hollywood that says elitist crap. Four words: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama.

As the 2016 presidential campaign entered the homestretch, the worst presidential candidate in the history of the known universe said of Trump supporters:

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.


The following day, Hillary’s campaign issued a quasi-apology which, like Bette Midler’s “apology,” included a healthy dose of rationalization. Hillary was being “grossly generalistic,” read the statement — suggesting she believed only part of Trump’s base belonged in the basket of deplorables, and that she was “wrong” for saying what she said. Nonsense. The backlash came. Hillary folded up like a cheap ugly housecoat.

Obama, at least as condescendingly elitist as Hillary, said of Midwesterners during the 2008 campaign, unaware there was a hot mic nearby:

They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Did Obama offer an apology? Even a hollow one? Oh, hell no — he’s Barack Obama. On the contrary, during a 2015 interview on PBS, he revisited his 2008 comments, albeit in a less incendiary manner.


I do think that when you combine that demographic change with all the economic stresses that people have been going through […] particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy […]

You combine those things, and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear. Some of it justified, but just misdirected. I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that.

The bottom line:

From Bette Midler to Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama and beyond, this is how liberalist elitists think. It’s what they really believe. That the rest of us are too stupid to understand their brilliance and all of the wonderful things they are trying to do for (to) America.


The left gets infuriated when they are opposed in earnest. They get frustrated when we speak up. When we call them out. And if we can’t be helped, we should at least shut up so they can help those who line up like lemmings and believe everything they spew.

And when liberals overstep the line, they (sometimes issue) empty apologies.

And then return to form.



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