The so-called "progressive" actress assailed Thomas online because she was enraged by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Midler posted a meme that many people are calling racist. The meme featured the face of Thomas photoshopped as a mask, but underneath is his wife – Virginia "Ginni" Thomas – wearing a black robe.
Twitter reactions from online commentators bashed the "Beaches" actress for her insensitive and "racist" attack on the Supreme Court justice.
Republican strategist CJ Pearson: "Let’s call this what this is: racism. And the only reason she gets away with it is because she’s a white liberal."
Radio host Darvio Morrow: "Sigh. The racism combined with ignorance, arrogance and a religious belief in their own virtue leaves me speechless. I’m out of words."
Pro-life advocate Obianuju Ekeocha: "The racism on the left is so deeply rooted that it’s terrifying."
Union University dean Hunter Baker: "The left is secure and unchallenged in its deep racism regarding any independence of mind in black men and women."
Former Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell: "Bette Midler continues to attack the black man."
Writer Jim Teacher: "Libs love any excuse to be racist."
Actor Clifton Duncan: "Black Americans, take note: The White 'Progressives' currently posing as our 'allies' are, in truth, some of the most vile racists you will ever encounter. And to think — there was a time I would have been thrilled to work with Ms. Midler."
Actor Kangmin Lee: "Clarence Thomas is single-handedly exposing the deep-seeded racism in the hearts of entitled white liberal women."
Powerlifter Marc Lobliner: "If this isn’t racist…."
Editor Chad Felix Greene: "This is who they are."
Actor Matthew Marsden: "Not all actors are like this. I promise."
Columnist T. Becket Adams: "So ... is that literal black face?"
Attorney NathanDallon shared a 1991 quote from Thomas: "'I'd grown up fearing the lynch mobs of the Ku Klux Klan; as an adult, I was starting to wonder if I'd been afraid of the wrong white people all along. My worst fears had come to pass not in Georgia but in Washington, D.C., where I was being pursued not by bigots in white robes but by left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony.'"
Several people shared a Malcolm X quote: "The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems."
Midler posted another questionable meme claiming that Virginia Thomas is controlling her Supreme Court justice husband.
The Hollywood celebrity also shared an illustration of Jesus Christ consoling a girl who had been raped by her uncle, but saying there was nothing he could do because Clarence Thomas makes the rules.
Last week, Midler tweeted at Ginni Thomas and wrote, "F*** ya!"
The 76-year-old actress posted another meme that called Justice Thomas an "a**hole," and saying that interracial marriage once was illegal.
She also declared the Supreme Court to be "illegitimate."
Midler has been critical of Justice Thomas since 2013.