Bette Midler Apologized After Calling West Virginia ‘Poor, Illiterate and Strung Out’

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Bette Midler was forced to apologize Monday after she insulted the state of West Virginia going after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

“What #JoeManchin, who represents a population smaller than Brooklyn, has done to the rest of America, who wants to move forward, not backward, like his state, is horrible,” Midler said.

“He sold us out. He wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out,” she added.

Less than an hour later, the “Hocus Pocus” star tweeted an apology for her “outburst.”

“I apologize to the good people of WVA for my last outburst,” Middler wrote in a statement on Twitter.

“I’m just seeing red; #JoeManchin and his whole family are a criminal enterprise,” she added. “Is he really the best WV has to offer its own citizens? Surely there’s someone there who has the state’s interests at heart, not his own!”