Bette Midler questions Trump's quarantine timing, suggests he's avoiding debates and rallies: 'No trust left'
Singer-songwriter Bette Midler responded to the news of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump being in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19, and said that the timing was "convenient." The actress, who is a vocal Trump critic, took to Twitter on Friday, October 2, and said that the timing of the Trumps' diagnosis was "interesting" considering it meant no more presidential debates for the Republican leader.
"Just learned that Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID. Timing's so interesting. I guess Trump's quarantining will mean no rallies, and no more debates. Convenient," Midler tweeted. "It's awful to always think the worst, but after four years of relentless lying? Can't be helped. No trust left," she added. Midler wrote the tweet less that an hour after Trump confirmed that the first couple had been tested positive for the novel coronavirus and that they were quarantined at the White House together.
Just learned that Hope Hicks tested positive for Covid. Timing’s so interesting. I guess Trump’s quarantining will mean no rallies, and no more debates. Convenient. It’s awful to always think the worst, but after four years of relentless lying? Can’t be helped. No trust left.— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) October 2, 2020
Trump took to Twitter on Thursday night, October 1, to share the news, tweeting: "Tonight,@FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" Meanwhile, Melania Trump wrote: "As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together." However, shortly after the Trumps' tweets, several others on social media echoed Midler's sentiments, casting doubt on the authenticity of their coronavirus diagnosis.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
Trump and the first lady were tested for the virus on Thursday, October 1, after it was revealed that White House aide Hope Hicks had been diagnosed with Covid-19. Hicks, at the time, had been traveling with the president and began exhibiting symptoms of the virus on Wednesday night, September 30. She was later quarantined on Air Force One after being tested on Thursday. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence have tested negative for the virus, Press Secretary Devin O'Malley announced on Friday morning, October 2.
Midler, last month, on September 4, had taken a swipe at President Trump, calling him a "cancer on our country" after it was reported that the president had referred to fallen US soldiers as "suckers" and "losers." Midler's criticism of Trump came just weeks after she was branded a "racist" for mocking Melania's accent during the Republican National Convention (RNC).
Midler, in a series of tweets early in September, had slammed Trump, citing an article from The Atlantic which claimed that the president made disparaging comments about the soldiers who had died in World War I and II. The 74-year-old singer wrote: "Donnie, we have watched helplessly for YEARS, as you’ve degraded honorable people, smeared them, slandered them, viciously and constantly ripping their sacrifice to our country to shreds, ruining countless lives in the process. You are a cancer on our country and Constitution." She then retweeted a series of tweets from others criticizing Trump for denying The Atlantic report, and then took a swipe at the Republican's response to the coronavirus crisis in the country. She wrote: "Trump called our military dead 'losers' & 'suckers' & didn't want wounded vets in his military parade because 'nobody wants to see that.'"