Cardi B has shared her thoughts on the US government shutdown. In a video posted to Instagram, the rapper berated Trump and suggested to fans that it was time for action, sharing her frustration that federal workers are currently being expected to work without pay.
“Hey y’all! I just want to remind you because it has been a little over three weeks,” she said. “Trump is now ordering, as in summoning, federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid.”
She warned anyone about to compare the shutdown with the one that occurred during Obama’s presidency, which lasted 17 days, during the dispute over the Affordable Care Act, that: “b****, that was for healthcare.”
“So your grandma could go check her blood pressure and you b****** could go check your p**** at the gynecologist with no motherf****** problem.”
“Our country is in a hell hole right now,” she added. “We really need to take this serious. I feel like we need to take some action. B****, I’m scared.”
Trump’s proposed wall is at the crux of the current government shutdown. In December, after signalling that he would sign a stopgap measure to keep the government funded until February 8, he caved to pressure from some in his base and said he would not sign any bill that doesn’t provide $5.7 billion for a border wall.
There was not enough support for the wall in the Senate (60 votes were needed), and so starting on December 22, a partial government shutdown began, impacting roughly 800,000 federal workers. Of those, around 420,000 are considered essential and must work without pay.
More federal workers are being brought back without pay, including workers to help with loans for farmers from the US Department of Agriculture, and IRS workers to prepare for the tax filing season (which Cardi B alludes to in her post). The US economy is suffering due to the shutdown, as are national parks , airports , and immigration courts.
And it’s not surprisng that the “Bodack Yellow” and “I Like It” rapper is weighing in. Cardi B loves government, as she explained in a 2018 profile for GQ , explaining to writer Caity Weaver how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt started Social Security and helped the US out of the Depression. (She also says she used to be able to list all the presidents in order.)
“I love government,” she said. “I’m obsessed with presidents. I’m obsessed to know how the system works.” Cardi B has also been critical of the president before, calling him a “madman.” This time, however, she says he’s just trying to be “cool.” “Trump is like a clout chaser,” she said. “He’s like one of these new rap artists they follow, they do the most for clout. And Trump wants that.”
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Source: (Independent UK)