Actress, singer, activist, and all-around shrewd human being Bette Midler isn’t afraid to get political on her Twitter account. In fact, if you’re inclined to follow such things, you could do worse than following Midler here. And if you do, you’ll find that she has a talent for pointing out hypocrisy and intelligently attacking misguided political viewpoints. And while all of this is always true of Midler on Twitter, for some reason she seems to have dedicated the month of May to roasting Donald Trump specifically. Repeatedly throughout the month, she has poked fun at the real estate mogul and the results are too good not to share here.
Tom Brokaw says the media has never held Trump accountable. Maybe because everyone shudders at the thought of holding Donald Trump at all.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 10, 2016
Ok, so that one’s hilarious and bound to get under Trump’s infamously thin skin, but Midler is at her startling best when she takes on policy issues.
Donald Trump's denying climate change won't make it go away. Why don't the press ever hold this guys (tiny) feet to the fire?
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 27, 2016
Good point and as Rosie O’Donnell recently pointed out (while also roasting “the orange one” on Twitter), the media really does take it far too easy on Trump. Has he effectively bullied them? Are they worried that Trump supporters will believe they’re being unfair? Is it for love of corporate profits? It’s hard to say, but it’s past time for the media to stop giving idiocy a pass.
Twitter deactivated Azealia Banks’ account for homophobia & racism?
So why is Donald Trump still here?
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 15, 2016
So yeah, Twitter, why is that? There’s certainly no shortage of evidence on record in the case against Trump. Here again, it looks as if he is getting away with something few others could, leaving Americans asking why that is.
It’s finally sunny. I hope #DonaldTrump gets out and gets some color around his eyes so they match the rest of his face.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 11, 2016
Ok, that one is actually kind of mean. But also pretty funny at the same time. And you have to admit, the guy really does have seriously weird looking eyes.
Press convinced us Al Gore was boring. George Bush was the kind of guy you'd like to have a drink w/. Try having that drink in Mosul today.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 26, 2016
But when Midler gets serious about roasting Trump, she gets deadly serious. And this is an incredibly good point because it draws attention to the fact that the media is not a passive force in American politics, or at least it shouldn’t be. Instead journalists and commentators need to vet candidates and policies alike. Such a role does not equate with political bias as long as it’s rooted in facts and relies on the input of experts.
Somehow, though, something seems to have gone horribly wrong with that machinery, and Al Gore is a good case in point. George Bush may have been the more colorful character in the eyes of the media, but look where that left the country after his presidency. That’s a lesson America needs to learn very quickly. A good place to start is watching the video below and asking yourself if this is what you want America’s foreign policy to look like.