Actress and vocal anti-Trumper Bette Midler blasted out a tweet Sunday that met the very definition of “fake news.” And it would have been hysterical…if more than 21,000 people hadn’t bought into it.
Midler, who ranks up there with Robert DeNiro in her open hatred of the 45th president, tweeted this photo of an alleged People Magazine clipping from 1998 “quoting” Trump as calling Republicans the “dumbest group of voters” who would “believe anything on Fox News.”
“He certainly knew his crowd,” Midler captioned her tweet:
He certainly knew his crowd. pic.twitter.com/MHJl12CGsp— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 3, 2019
There’s just one problem – that “quote” is fake.
In fact, a lengthy Snopes article from 2015 debunked the entire thing, explaining, “Despite People‘s comprehensive online content archive, we found no interview or profile on Donald Trump in 1998 (or any other time) that quoted his saying anything that even vaguely resembled the words in this meme.”
The meme is so old and so bogus, it was discredited four years ago, well before Trump was elected in 2016. But so far, Midler has yet to take down the false accusation, despite being called out for it on Twitter by an avalanche of users.
It also hasn't stopped more than 21,000 people from "liking" the tweet and sharing it more than 8,000 times.
Leave it to those accusing the president of spreading misinformation to…well, spread misinformation. And leave it to their ignorant followers to gobble it right up.