Along with Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union was among those organizations enjoying a windfall of donations following the election of Donald Trump, not to mention high-profile support: blue ACLU ribbons were the must-have accessory at this year’s Oscars.

Still, the ACLU has an ugly secret that liberals either don’t know or don’t want to talk about: it and the NRA found some common ground when it came to that legislation that tied Social Security Administration data into background checks and made some disturbingly broad assumptions about mental fitness.

It’s not much more complicated than that, although liberals like Rachel Maddow — exactly whom you’d think would champion due process and fight the stigmatization of the mentally ill as violent — couldn’t stop squawking that the striking of Obama-era legislation was intended “specifically for mentally ill people to get guns.”

It looks like it took a couple of weeks for Bette Midler to catch up on the liberal narrative, and she’s put the ACLU on notice.

First, by all means, cancel that check. Second, if the Obama administration’s legislation was meant to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, it did so in perhaps the most broad yet least effective way possible, even setting aside little things like due process. Who knew that receiving financial management assistance was an indicator of “severe mental illness”?

Or, in this case, no diagnosis. A lot of Midler’s followers seem to have done their research on this one.

Oh man, now Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action is conflicted.

“When you’re with the NRA, you’re on the wrong side?” Wow, that’s absurdly simplistic — but then again, she’s tweeting Bette Midler.

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