The pair have been locked in a bitter feud on social networking site Twitter, with "The Rose" star forced to apologise after sharing a meme that attributed a false quote attacking "dumb Republicans" to the reality star-turned-politician. In response, President Trump took to Twitter himself, branding Midler a "washed up psycho" and "sick scammer," claiming she fabricated the quote herself to defame him.
During her performance at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which was part of the festivities surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the birth of the modern LGBTQ movement, Midler took to the stage and referenced Trump's comments as she urged the audience to overcome any adversity they face.
"Now I'm going to tell you a little secret," the 73-year-old quipped. "Just two weeks ago, I was a washed-up psycho. I recovered completely, and something I learned from my president's lunatic attack..."
The Broadway icon had previously poked fun at the Trump administration in a series of poems shared on Twitter, taking on the President, his wife Melania, and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in the rhymes.
"Everyone loathes Donald Trump / Including the Ladies he Humps. / I predict you will see, / He'll begin World War III, / By Tweeting while taking a Dump," read the verse aimed at Trump.