Actress Bette Midler recently dubbed African American supporters of President Trump “blackground.”  Of course, like most truly awful comments, this happened on Twitter.  

She was commenting on a photograph taken at a Trump rally which had black people in attendance.

 “Look, there are African American men in this shot! How much did he pay them to be ‘blackground’?” the 73-year-old asked her followers.  

In a day when everything is perceived as racist, this really is. It unfairly assumes all black people must believe what white Hollywood liberals believe, it takes away their own volition when it comes to political choice, and it insinuates that black people only would care about political issues if they’re getting paid.

That’s a lot of inaccurate and offensive tropes to squeeze into one tweet, but Midler managed to do it.  Of course, you probably won’t hear much about that, because the main stream media is too busy putting Trump’s tweets under the microscope to call out people from their own side.

The Left needs to come to grips with this cold reality: black people could like Trump for many legitimate reasons: the low unemployment, his “put America first” mantra, and the great economy.  

Or, maybe they have just tired of the arrogance of the Hollywood elite who tell them they can only vote one way to stay in their good graces.  Either way, the only thing worse than Midler’s comments is the fact that the mainstream media will let her get away with them.

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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