Actor and singer Bette Midler, who fancies herself a political activist, says Texans who just experienced the costliest hurricane in U.S. history shouldn’t receive federal aid because they’re skeptical of Washington, D.C.
One would think people would learn from the cautionary tale of Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerker, who last week mocked Hurricane Harvey victims as racist rednecks and religious bumpkins in an offensive cartoon.
But apparently not:
If this is how they feel, then no aid for them! In Texas, Distrust of Washington Collides With Need for Federal Aid https://t.co/eH6pkwsaKb
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 5, 2017
In The New York Times article to which Midler linked, journalist Richard Fausset wrote:
- For Republicans, who dominate Texas government, anti-Washington sentiment is more than just a red-meat rhetorical flourish — it is a guiding principle.
- Now, though, it is Texas Republicans who will be crucial in securing, and helping to coordinate, what is likely to be one of the most ambitious and costly federal disaster-relief packages in American history, one that will almost certainly run to tens of billions of dollars.
- There are few doubts that a Republican-dominated Congress will end up delivering aid to a battered state and key base of Republican power. But along with an outpouring of support, the process is raising eyebrows and drawing charges of hypocrisy.
Midler’s fellow Twitter users were quick to criticize the “Hello, Dolly!” star for her tone-deaf comment about Texas, where at least 60 people have died as a result of Hurricane Harvey:
Don’t punish everyone bc you disagree w/ some of them. 85% of those affected don’t have flood insurance and comments like this are hurtful
— Tina (@just_peachy_T) September 5, 2017
this is a gross tweet, bette
— beth can’t with this (@bourgeoisalien) September 5, 2017
Bette believes that feelings determine access to federal tax monies you have paid into. https://t.co/301IfHJEta
— SuzanneElizabeth (@Suz_Eliz69) September 5, 2017
Please tell me more about your tolerance & compassion as a caring liberal. It intrigues me…. 😬 https://t.co/7pRpIgskjn
— Attila the Honeybun (@TimMansplainsIt) September 5, 2017
How heartless do you have to be to tweet something so disgusting? https://t.co/WGaxqGIm74
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) September 5, 2017
In addition, as one Twitter user pointed out, the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey — Houston, Harris County, and the surrounding suburbs — are among the most politically liberal areas in the Lone Star State.
You realize those hurt most by this are in heavily Democratic districts… not that such should matter.
— Ryan Kantor (@ryan_kantor) September 5, 2017
Maybe next time, Midler will think before she tweets. But I won’t hold my breath.
Source: Cosnervative Daily