Bette Midler, a singer and actress, who thinks of herself as a political activist also, said Texas shouldn’t get a federal help because they were skeptical of Washington, D.C.
It seems people would learn that mocking the victims of the hurricane is unacceptable, but apparently, she didn’t.
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
Journalist Richard Fausset wrote an article in The New York Times, saying:
“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 followers on Twitter quickly attacked her insensitive comments about Texas, where there were 60 people died after the Hurricane Harvey hit.
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
How heartless do you have to be to tweet something so disgusting? https://t.co/WGaxqGIm74
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) September 5, 2017
And as one user pointed out the most harmed victims were from Harris County, a liberal area.
You realize those hurt most by this are in heavily Democratic districts… not that such should matter.
— Ryan Kantor (@ryan_kantor) September 5, 2017
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