Bette Midler had quite the social media mishap after sharing a fake quote attributed to U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter.
On Sunday, the 73-year-old posted a meme where had Trump allegedly called Republicans “the dumbest group of voters in the country” during a 1998 interview with People magazine.
However in 2015, Snopes, a liberal-leaning fact-checking website, fact-checked the quote and proved that it was false.
“Despite People’s comprehensive online content archive, we found no interview or profile on Donald Trump in 1998 (or any other time) that quoted his saying anything that even vaguely resembled the words in this meme,” Snopes reported. “Trump appeared somewhat regularly in the magazine’s pages before he came to star on ‘The Apprentice,’ but the bulk of the magazine’s celebrity-driven coverage of him back then centred on his marriages to, and divorces from, Ivana Trump and Marla Maples.”
Midler quickly took to social media to apologize after some people called her out for sharing the false information.
“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!” she tweeted.
In the original now-deleted tweet, Midler had shared a picture with the fake Trump quote with the caption: “He certainly knew his crowd.”
When the president caught wind of Midler’s gaffe, naturally he took to Twitter to fire back as only he can, slamming Midler as a “washed up psycho” and “a sick scammer.”