Donald Trump has failed again. Not only is No. 45 a shit president, he’s also no longer the most exciting reality TV star to turn to politics. That title now belongs to Cardi B, the vocal rapper on every elected official and political junkie’s lips.
The latest: On Wednesday, Polk County Democrats in Des Moines, Iowa invited Cardi to speak at a reception while the artist is in town for her Invasion of Privacy tour in May, according to the Des Moines Register.
“We are definitely serious about this,” Polk County Democrats chair Sean Bagniewski told the newspaper. “She speaks to the new activism in the Democratic Party … Stranger things have happened. It’s a long shot, but a little bit of her presence would go a long way.”
The group also took to Twitter to reaffirm that their request isn’t a publicity stunt.
“As the center of the IA Caucuses, we have been honored to host @TeamPelosi, @CecileRichards, @KamalaHarris, @SenGillibrand, @PramilaJayapal, @Grace4NY, and many powerful women leaders. It only makes sense to invite @iamcardib to a reception of her choice while she’s here in May,” they tweeted.
It only makes sense to invite @iamcardib to a reception of her choice while she’s here in May.
— Polk Co. Democrats (@polkdems) January 29, 2019
And the “Money” rapper may actually be considering the proposal. On Thursday, she also went on Twitter to ask her fans to weigh in, writing, “should I?”
Should I ? https://t.co/H5iI01jIoG
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 31, 2019
The responses were mixed, with some fans excited about the possibility of her bringing her ‘hood politics to the reception stage and others weary that she will be used or mocked.
DO IT BITCH
— Yesika Salgado (@YesikaStarr) February 1, 2019
No. They using you queen to get young black and brown voters, but they not creating or passing legislation that helps black and brown communities.
— zellie (@zellieimani) February 1, 2019
You should. And also: https://t.co/pyGtjDSHDR
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) January 31, 2019
I want to hear you speak, but I'm concerned you will be mocked rather than heard.
— Katie Spina (@KatieSpina) January 31, 2019
Since Cardi’s career started to pop off, she hasn’t shied away from politics, expressing her support of Hillary Clinton and most recently calling out Trump for starting the longest government shutdown in US history and expecting some government employees to work without pay.
“Our country is in a hellhole right now. We really need to take this serious. I feel like we need to take some kind of action. I don’t know what type of action, bitch, because this is not what I do. Bitch, I’m scared. This is crazy and I really feel bad for these people who gotta go to fucking work to not get motherfucking paid,” she said passionately in the video.
The clip reached Congress, with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, debating on Twitter if they should retweet Cardi’s astute video rant. Their own viral discussion of the Dominican-Trinidadian star’s political criticism caught the attention of conservative pundits Tomi Lahren And Stephanie Hamill — the former mocking Cardi on Twitter and the latter questioning her feminism because of her sexual agency.
There’s no telling yet if Cardi will take the Iowa Democrats up on their offer, but one thing is undeniable: Our girl is the female street politico we’ve been waiting on for a long time — and the establishment, for better or worse, has noticed.