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'Kiss Her Hiney': Governor of West Virginia Holds Up His Bulldog to Respond to Critics

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Gov. Jim Justice (R-W. Va.) brought along his dog to respond to critics during his State of the State address.

On Thursday, Justice pointed out the state’s success with the economy and education.

“Proud to never, ever forget our coal miners and our gas workers and all of the fact that we all should be so proud of who we are, record pay raises, Communities In Schools doing phenomenal work, streamlining and eliminating waste, combating drugs,” Justice said.

He added, “Feeding the hungry — very, very — just the essential ingredients who we ought to be, building road after road and surplus after surplus and made education our priority and did so and the world began to know that we are that diamond in the rough that everybody knew.”

Justice proceeded to bring his dog with him to the podium to send a message to his critics.

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“They never believed in West Virginia — that we could do it. They never believed that the Nucors or the GreenPower or Owens & Minor — they never believed. They never believed they would be here,” Justice said.

He added, “They told every bad joke in the world about us. And, so, from that standpoint, Babydog tells Bette Midler and all of those out there, to kiss her hiney.”

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Actress Bette Midler criticized the state last month, calling it “poor, illiterate and strung out.”

She later issued an apology.

“I apologize to the good people of WVA for my last outburst. I’m just seeing red; [Joe Manchin] and his whole family are a criminal enterprise. Is he really the best WV has to offer its own citizens? Surely there’s someone there who has the state’s interests at heart, not his own!” Midler tweeted.

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Babydog has her own Twitter account.

A Friday tweet said, “Big night last night with Dad.”

It continues, “Always remember to turn the other cheek.”

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