President Donald Trump bashes Bette Midler after she apologized for sharing fake quote

President Donald Trump on Tuesday bashed actor and singer Bette Midler, a frequent sparring partner for the president, after she apologized for sharing a fake quote attributed to Trump in the late 1990s. Trump also used the moment to criticize the media.

"Washed up psycho @BetteMidler was forced to apologize for a statement she attributed to me that turned out to be totally fabricated by her in order to make 'your great president' look really bad," he tweeted. "She got caught, just like the Fake News Media gets caught. A sick scammer!"

Trump is currently in London, where the tweet would have been posted around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday local time.

Midler, a frequent harsh critic of Trump, on Sunday tweeted a screenshot of a photo of a young Trump with a quote attributed to him that said: "If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific."

"He certainly knew his crowd," Midler tweeted. She has since deleted the tweet.

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The quote was debunked as fake in 2015. The statement, which was attributed to a 1998 People Magazine interview, was not found in the archives. In addition, when Trump spoke about running for president in 1999, he would likely run as independent.

Midler on Monday apologized for sharing the fake quote.

"I apologize; this quote turns out to be a fake from way back in ‘15-16. Don’t know how I missed it, but it sounds SO much like him that I believed it was true!" the actor tweeted, linking to a fact check on the quote.

Later Tuesday, Midler tweeted again about Trump's unexpected appearance at a Virginia church on Sunday.

"He actually looks better here! Maybe someone in his camp can gently give him a shiv. I mean, shove," Midler tweeted.

Trump and Midler have been feuding for years, prior to Trump occupying the Oval Office.

Trump in his tweet also took an opportunity to insult the press, saying Midler "got caught, just like the Fake News Media gets caught."

The president has repeatedly criticized the media, often labeling them as "fake news" and the "enemy of the people."

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