West Virginia’s governor, Jim Justice, recently ended his State of the State address by telling singer Bette Midler to kiss his dog’s ass.
Justice was responding to a swipe at West Virginians that Midler took–specifically designed to embarrass Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin–by calling West Virginians “poor, illiterate and strung out.”
She was referring to Manchin’s blocking his own political party’s plans for rejuvenating the American economy.
“What #JoeManchin, who represents a population smaller than Brooklyn, has done to the rest of America, who wants to move forward, not backward, like his state, is horrible. He sold us out,” Midler texted. “He wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out.”
Justice’s response was to hold his pet bulldog up to the microphone, saying: “Babydog tells Bette Midler and all those out there kiss her heinie.”