- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 24, 2019

Actress and singer Bette Midler, who is known for her provocative tweets slamming President Trump and the Republican Party, sparked the ire of conservatives again Wednesday after she said people should be more “grateful” for the man who brutally assaulted Sen. Rand Paul at his Kentucky home in 2017.

“I DO NOT promote violence but,” Ms. Midler wrote, “Rand Paul says the Kurds are being ‘ingrates’ for taking their frustrations out on US troops. Which is a good reminder for us all to be more grateful for the neighbor who beat the [expletive] out of Rand Paul.”

Critics accused Ms. Midler of making light of the assault that almost killed the Republican senator. Mr. Paul was mowing his lawn while wearing noise-cancelling headphones when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, blindsided him in an attack that left him with five broken ribs. Mr. Paul suffered complications during his recovery from the attack, including battling pneumonia, and part of his lung had to be removed in August.

It’s not the first time Ms. Midler has joked about the attack. In February of last year she tweeted, “Where’s Rand Paul’s neighbor when we need him?”

Both tweets remain active on the singer’s account.

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