West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) has finally gotten even with Bette Midler. The has-been actress and singer claimed that residents of West Virginia were “poor, illiterate, and strung out.” In his televised address on the state, Gov Jim Justice held up his dog’s butt and told Midler to kiss it. Justice, who was once a Democrat until he came to his senses, had to delay his state of the state address because he had contracted COVID.
In his speech, Justice was able to take credit for a revived economy and the erasing of the budget deficit. He brought his dog along, who is the unofficial mascot for the state. The pet bulldog goes by the name of Babydog.
Justice then went off on people who denigrate his state. This is the same state that produced Joe Manchin, a current hero of Americans everywhere. He has stopped the progressive takeover of government, along with Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. I still think one or both of them will be so incensed by the constant attacks, one or both of them will switch parties.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has a message for Bette Midler. pic.twitter.com/9B2OfjlgAR
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Justice remarked on Midler’s insult:
“You know, we’ve had a struggle, just like anybody’s had a struggle, but just think about what we’ve done. In the last few years, we have become the diamond in the rough that everybody’s missed. 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. See these people that really care. People that love and appreciate what others by what they do.”
“To say ‘illiterate and poor and strung out’ it’s cruel and unnecessary, and I wish to goodness you would make many, many open apologies for just doing that. This state has become a leader and this state produces the greatest people on the planet.”
Members of the West Virginia legislature responded to the message and gesture with laughter and a standing ovation, but the action has also spurred backlash and criticism.
Shawn Fluharty, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, was among those who responded to Justice’s display.
“The @WVGovernor brought his Babydog and pony show to the State of the State and pulled this stunt as some bold statement. It was nothing short of embarrassing and beneath the office. Jim Justice habitually lowers the bar of our state. They don’t laugh with us, but at us,” he tweeted.