Bette Midler just owned Trump and escalated their Twitter feud with her latest post

Is it at all surprising that the man who hosted Celebrity Apprentice — an attempt to shore up the flagging ratings of the original format of his failing reality show — would thoroughly debase the office of the President of the United States by trying the same trick to salvage his presidency once it became so obviously in danger of cancellation?

This notion would explain the twitter feud President Trump has engaged in with noted songstress and actor Bette Midler.

The antipathy between the two dates back to way before Trump’s political ambitions were even a spark in the bankruptcy-rich real estate developer’s twisted mind as this vicious tweet from 2012 demonstrates.

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The feud reheated during the last month after Midler inadvertently shared a made-up quote attributed to the president in one of her Twitter posts.

The Hollywood icon apologized and issued a tweeted retraction when she realized that the quote was not genuine while pointing out how believable the attribution truly was in her own defense.

A state visit to Great Britain wasn’t enough to distract the president from lashing out at Midler for her tweets, and Trump set aside any official duties of international diplomacy to respond with a display of vengeance that failed the test of proper presidential decorum as much as anything he’s ever done.

The deranged and inappropriate assault against the entertainer shocked the nation, leading former Vice President Joe Biden to remark at an Iowa rally today:

“On the D-Day ceremonies — the D-Day ceremonies — it was astounding to me that he was tweeting attacks on everybody, from the mayor of London to Bette Midler. He found time to go after Bette Midler, for God’s sake!”

“No president has done something like that, for God’s sake,” Biden said. “I mean, it’s bizarre, and it’s damaging.”

Midler promptly changed her Twitter bio to read “Washed up Psycho” and began trolling the president with a stream of hilarious tweets that were anything but flattering towards Trump after thanking her fans for their support.

She also used the media attention the feud attracted to help promote causes dear to her heart, before moving on to more traditional ownership models.

She enlisted the images of two of President Trump’s frequent female targets to join her in a Witches of Eastwick parody photo that included a quote from the lyrics of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put a Spell on You” in another tweet.

She also compared Trump to one of America’s least consequential Republican presidents predicting that his re-election prospects would be similar.

But it’s Midler’s latest tweet that is the pièce de résistance, weaving in a timely pop culture reference to the return of the latest season of The Handmaid’s Tale with a photo of the oft-forgotten Trump daughter Tiffany wearing a red dress at Buckingham Palace.

While Midler seems to be having a wonderful time ridiculing the president incessantly, Trump has yet to rise to the bait once again. Especially after Biden’s comments today, he may decide to back off this particular feud.

With a spat as entertaining as this one, that would be kind of a shame.

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Original reporting by Marina Pitofsky at The Hill and Roisin O’Connor at The Independent.

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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.


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