Bette Midler has made no secret of her dislike of US President Donald Trump and regularly shares scathing messages over his policies on social media.
However, when news emerged that the US had reportedly attempted to block a breastfeeding resolution this week, she made her most bizarre statement yet – and vowed to breastfeed her adult daughter Sophie Von Haselberg, 31, in protest.
According to the New York Times, the US attempted to thwart and “water down” a pro-breastfeeding resolution at a World Health Assembly gathering. The resolution was aiming to promote breastfeeding and halt the “inaccurate or misleading marketing” of baby formulas and breast milk substitutes as viable alternatives.
Immediately attempting to clarify the US’ position, Trump later tweeted: “The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don’t believe women should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty.”
Now, Bette has weighed in on the debate, and added her voice to angry protests against the president. Drawing on her usual humour, she tweeted: “STILL can’t believe Trump admin thwarted a UN resolution to support BREASTFEEDING! I may protest by breastfeeding my daughter again. Sorry, honey, I know you’re a working adult. The good news is my tits are now so long you don’t have to move home.”
STILL can’t believe Trump admin thwarted a UN resolution to support BREASTFEEDING! I may protest by breastfeeding my daughter again. Sorry, honey, I know you’re a working adult. The good news is my tits are now so long you don’t have to move home.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) July 11, 2018
According to the publication, the US delegate had attempted to remove language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding”, as well as a passage calling on policymakers to restrict marketing of products some experts claim can have “deleterious effects on young children”.
Her tweet got a flood of support, as one follower commented: “OMG for that reply alone I will begin breastfeeding . As a man. Single. In the UK. I think I’ve got it down.”
Another added: “You are the absolute best. Thank you for throwing sunshine and humor,” and one wrote: “My son is coming for dinner. Should I offer him a beer or the breast?”
It comes just months after Bette posted another strong message against Trump, this time focusing on US gun laws following the horrific Florida school shooting. She aimed her message specifically at Trump’s calls at the time to arm school teachers with fire arms.
Using the iconic opening scene from The Sound of Music, Midler edited on two guns into actress Julie Andrews’ hands, which appeared to fire as she spun in circles on the hill singing ‘The Hills Are Alive’. Letting the powerful video do the talking, she simply captioned the post: “Enter the choir teacher…”