Bette Midler jokes about giving Trump a 'shiv' after he calls her a 'washed-up psycho'

Just days after Cher walked back a controversial tweet about Donald Trump becoming a “toyboy” in prison — which she later acknowledged was “wrong” — Bette Midler is sparking outcry with a joke his supporters claim to be a violent threat.

The singer and actress, who has frequently decried the Trump administration on Twitter, posted a series of tweets insulting the president on Tuesday. After Midler expressed support for London Mayor Sadiq Khan and noted the city’s anti-Trump protests, POTUS fired back with a scathing tweet of his own.

The president called Midler a “washed-up psycho” and a “sick scammer” and cited a past incident in which the Beaches star had mistakenly attributed a quote to him.

Midler fans rushed to her defense and called Trump a hypocrite and a bully.

Midler, however, fired back with another tweet at his expense. But Trump supporters say she went too far by referencing a “shiv,” a sharp, makeshift knife typically used by prisoners to stab someone.

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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Bette Midler (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Bette Midler (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: Singer Bette Midler on September 12, 1973 -- (Photo by: Fred Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Bette Midler during Bette Midler's 'Clams On The Half Shell Revue' at Bette Midler's 'Clams On The Half Shell Revue' show in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
BETTE MIDLER: OL' RED HAIR IS BACK -- Aired 12/07/1977 -- Pictured: Actress/singer Bette Midler (Photo by Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actress Bette Midler in a scene from the movie 'The Rose', 1979. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1981: Bette Midler circa 1981 in New York City. (Photo by CW Braun/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Actress Bette Midler poses for a portrait, Los Angeles, California, late twentieth century. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)
Bette Midler (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bette Midler in a scene from the film 'Beaches', 1988. (Photo by Touchstone/Getty Images)
Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg during Exits at Cirque Du Soliel - 1989 at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bette Midler (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Episode -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress/singer Bette Midler during an interview with and host Johnny Carson on May 21, 1992 -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
Bette Midler during Rally For Democratic Change and Voter Registration at UCLA Campus in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - AUGUST 29: Bette Midler performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 29, 1994 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Bette Midler is uneasy as Dennis Farina hugs her from behind in a scene from the film 'That Old Feeling', 1996. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Getty Images)
PASADENA, : Winner of an Emmy in the category of Performance in a Variety or Music Program for her role in 'Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas,' Bette Midler poses for photographers at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA, 14 September 1997. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is organizing the 49th Emmy Awards. AFP PHOTO/Kim KULISH (Photo credit should read KIM KULISH/AFP/Getty Images)
Rosie O'Donnell and Bette Midler during Bette Midler's 2nd Annual Halloween Ball for New York Restoration Project at Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bette Midler during Bette Midler's 'Hulaween 111' to Benefit New York Restoration Project - 1999 - File Photos at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
383689 10: Actress Bette Midler Stars As Herself In Cbs' Popular Television Series 'Bette.' (Photo By Getty Images)
Diva BETTE MIDLER comes to television this season starring in a sitcom about a diva, named Bette, who's aging, and trying to survive. Photos during the taping at Culver Studios September 21, 2000. (Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NEW YORK-OCTOBER 23: Actress Bette Midler appears in the press room for the New York Restoration Project Hulaween Gala October 23, 2002, at the Marriot Marquis in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
Bette Midler during 12th Rainforest Foundation Benefit Concert - Show at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Bette Midler during World Premiere of 'The Stepford Wives' at Mann Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Actress Bette Midler attends the annual Hulaween Gala to benefit the New York Restoration Project on October 26, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, QSL - APRIL 08: Singer Bette Midler performs live in concert at the Boondall Entertainment Centre on April 8, 2005 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Musician Bette Midler attends the ''7th On Sale'' gala at the 69th Regiment Armory on November 15, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 07: Entertainer Bette Midler sings during the 100th performance of her show, 'The Showgirl Must Go On' at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace June 7, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Bette Midler attends the Metropolitan Opera gala permiere of 'Armida' at The Metropolitan Opera House on April 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: (NO TABLOIDS) Bette Midler at the 'Parental Guidance' Press Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4573 -- Pictured: Bette Midler arrives on November 25, 2013 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0156 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Bette Midler during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 5, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Bette Midler attends the Metropolitan Opera 2015-2016 season opening night of 'Otello' at The Metropolitan Opera House on September 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Singer Bette Midler attends Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Atrium and Ertegun Hall of Fame grand reopening at Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Actress/singer Bette Midler attends AARP's Movie For GrownUps Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Actor Michael Douglas(L) and actress/musician Bette Midler attend AARP's Movie For GrownUps Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for AARP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Actress, singer and founder of NYRP Bette Midler attends the 2016 New York Restoration Project's Spring Picnic at Morris-Jumel Mansion on June 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Bette Midler attends the Delacorte Theater on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Bette Midler dressed as Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus attends Bette Midler's Annual Hulaween Bash benefiting the New York Restoration Project at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom on October 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Bette Midler is seen on November 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG012/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Bette Midler who won a Special Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award poses at the 2017 Drama League Awards Luncheon at The Marriott Marquis Times Square on May 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Best Actress in a Musical Winner for 'Hello Dolly!' Bette Midler accepts her award at the 2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards Presentation at Sardi's on May 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Bette Midler attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Bette Midler, winner of the award for Best Actress in a Musical for �Hello, Dolly!,� poses in the press room during the 2017 Tony Awards at 3 West Club on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Bette Midler attends her 2017 Hulaween event benefiting the New York Restoration Project at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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Piggy-backing off Michael Moore’s tweet slamming the casual golfing outfit Trump wore to church last Sunday, Midler cracked that “maybe someone in his camp can gently give him a shiv.”

She added, “I mean, shove.”

“Bette Midler owning Trump is what I live for,” one fan said of the tweet.

But Trump supporters aren’t laughing. Conservatives are reporting Midler and accusing her of encouraging an attack on the president.

“You'd go through a case of Depends if someone joked about an Obama staffer giving him a shiv,” conservative Cameron Gray replied. “Try not to be such f***ing garbage.”

Trump hasn’t responded to Midler’s comeback. With luck, he’ll cool off in time to meet the queen and Prince Charles for Wednesday’s event marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) and US President Donald Trump leave 10 Downing Street to make their way to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a press conference in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US President's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ivanka Trump visits Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Philip May (R), husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, attend a garden party at Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes US President Donald Trump to Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: US First Lady Melania Trump visits Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes US President Donald Trump to Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump visit Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump visit Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: US First Lady Melania Trump visits Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
US President Donald Trump arrives in Downing Street, London, to be welcomed by Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of his state visit to the UK. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) and US President Donald Trump leave 10 Downing Street to make their way to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a press conference in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US President's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Philip May (R), husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, attend a garden party at Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and Philip May (L), husband of Britain's Prime Minister May, attend a garden party at Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes US President Donald Trump to Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and Philip May (L), husband of Britain's Prime Minister May, attend a garden party at Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right) leaves 10 Downing Street, London, on the second day of US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and Philip May (L), husband of Britain's Prime Minister May, attend a garden party at Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Philip May (R), husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, attend a garden party at Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Theresa May with US President Donald Trump leave Downing Street in London for a joint press conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, on the second day of his state visit to the UK. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump visit Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ivanka Trump visits Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
US First Lady Melania Trump attends a garden party at Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (centre R) and Philip May (centre L), husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, attend a garden party at Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Theresa May (right) and Philip May (2nd left) with US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave Downing Street in London for a press conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, on the second day of his state visit to the UK. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Philip May (R), husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, attend a garden party at Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Theresa May (right) and Philip May (2nd left) with US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave Downing Street in London for a press conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, on the second day of his state visit to the UK. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Ivanka Trump visits Number 10 Downing Street during the second day of his state visit on June 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, on the steps of 10 Downing Street during the second day of their State Visit to the UK. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Prime Minister Theresa May (left) and Philip May (right) with US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump view a historical document in Downing Street, London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa May greets President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Downing Street in London,UK on June 4, 2019. This is day two of the US Presidents state visit. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Press queue up to enter 10 Downing Street, London, as Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes US President Donald Trump on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump walk from Downing Street to take part in their joint press conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
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