Bette Midler Under Fire For Calling African American Trump Supporters 'Blackground'

Actress Bette Midler has been severely criticized for tweet to her 1.7 million followers Wednesday, where she called African American supporters at a re-election rally for President Trump "blackground." In the tweet, she implies they must have been paid to be there.

"Look, there are African American men in this shot! How much did he pay them to be 'blackground'?" the 73-year-old posted.

Look, there are African American men in this shot! How much did he pay them to be “blackground”? pic.twitter.com/pTkoHTIpQl

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) July 24, 2019

There was an immediate backlash from the post, with many Twitter users commenting, "That's racist" and calling the tweet, "really sick" for implying that black voters could not make their own political decisions.

In the comments @Rodsmithonline said, "Imagine, for one moment, that a conservative said this about blacks at a liberal event. It would be rightly called out as the nasty, divisive racism it is. Black liberals: this is what they *really* think about your ability to think for yourselves."

@D_B_Harrison also replied with, "Ms. Midler, that's about as ignorant a comment as could be made in regards to that photo. Regardless your personal political persuasion, do black Americans not have the right to express theirs as individuals? Contrary to what you may think, blacks are not politically monolithic."

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Bette Midler attends Variety's Power Of Women on April 05, 2019 in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

"Your statement is so condescending and racist," Glen Woodfin tweeted. And @Sammurica said: "People of different races are allowed to support whoever they want. Shocking, I know."

The tweet remained online Thursday morning and Midler has not apologized. The president has not responded to the tweet.

This comes less than two months after President Trump called Midler as a "washed up psycho" after the actress shared a false quote attributed to him.

Washed up psycho @BetteMidler was forced to apologize for a statement she attributed to me that turned out to be totally fabricated by her in order to make “your great president” look really bad. She got caught, just like the Fake News Media gets caught. A sick scammer!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019

A regular, outspoken critic of Trump, Middler had erroneously shared the disproven quote in which Trump allegedly called Republicans the "dumbest group of voters" in a People Magazine interview in 1998. She later apologized for the mistake.

A regular, outspoken critic of Trump, Midler had erroneously shared the disproven quote in which Trump allegedly called Republicans the "dumbest group of voters" in a People Magazine interview in 1998. She later apologized for the mistake.

Midler then thanked those who defended her during her "personal Battle of the Bulge (with) he who must not be named."

"Your wit and good nature really lifted my spirits; as a newly washed up psycho, I am very grateful for your thoughts and prayers," she added.

The actress also caused controversy in November 2018 when she went after first lady Melania Trump by sharing an image from the former model's steamy shoot with British GQ in 2000.