Bette Midler has issued an apology after facing backlash for calling West Virginia “poor, illiterate and strung out.”

The singer shared the angry tweet as it was revealed U.S. Senator Joe Manchin had made the decision not to support Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” spending plan, which Reuters reported “would expand the social safety net and tackle climate change.”

The actress posted Monday:

Leaving the criticized tweet in question up, she then apologized:

That apology wasn’t quite enough for West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, though, who responded during a video address.

“For Bette Midler to sit back and say that West Virginia is poor, illiterate and strung out…now really and truly, Bette, I hope you hear me loud and clear because I’m a fair and honest person. Bette, it’s cruel and it’s really, really unfair,” he said.

“You know, we’ve had a struggle just like anybody has has struggles, but just think about what we’ve done. In the last few years, we’ve become the diamond in the rough that everybody has missed,” he continued. “We have the four most beautiful seasons on the planet. Absolutely, we have the very best people and I would welcome you to come and see these people. These people really care.”

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Meghan McCain was among those slamming Midler for the comments:

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West Virginia voted in favour of Biden’s opponent, former U.S. president Donald Trump, in the 2020 presidential election. Midler is open about U.S. politics on social media and has regularly slammed Trump.