Cardi B has never been one to stay silent on political matters. The Bronx rapper was vocal about her support for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential elections and has weighed in on the issue of gun control. Now Belcalis Almánzar is speaking out about the government shutdown, the longest in the country’s history.
“I just want to remind y’all because it’s been a little over three weeks …Trump is now ordering federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid. Now I don’t want to hear y’all motherfuckers talking about, ‘Oh, but Obama shut down the government for 17 days.’ Yeah, bitch, for healthcare so your grandma could check her blood pressure and you bitches can go check your pussy at the gynecologist with no motherfucking problem,” she said. “Now, I know a lot of y’all don’t care because y’all don’t work for the government or y’all probably have a job. This shit is really fucking serious, bro, this shit is crazy.”
In her video rant, which she posted Wednesday on Instagram, the “Money” rapper is referring to the 46,000 IRS employees who will have to report to work to handle taxes. According to the AP, this number accounts for 60 percent of the department’s workforce, meaning the short staff will likely be overworked in addition to not receiving immediate pay.
In total, the shutdown, dragging on due to the continuing feud between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats surrounding funding for his proposed border, is impacting about 800,000 government workers, with no end in sight.
“Our country is in a hellhole right now. We really need to take this serious,” Cardi continued. “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.”
For a few Democratic senators, for whom finding solutions to national problems is what they do, Cardi’s political criticism was so on point that they debated sharing it on their own social media.
“(Trying to decide whether or not to retweet the Cardi B video),” tweeted Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii.
“Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago,” Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut responded.
“Ok you do it. And say retweets are not endorsements, especially the language, and I will retweet,” Schatz replied.
“DHYB,” Murphy, using the abbreviation for “Don’t hold your breath,” said.
“I had to google that. Fair enough,” Schatz wrote. “See you tomorrow Murph.”
One hour later, even Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer chimed in, saying, “Guys, I’m still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?”
Ultimately, the fellas decided not to, with Schatz saying, “it wouldn’t be senatorial.” Still, the whole interaction is really worth the laughs. Check it out below!