Cardi B Announces That She Wants To Go Back To School – And Run For Congress
Rapper Cardi B, known for her breakout single “Bodak Yellow,” has announced her plans to go into politics.
“I deadass have sooo much ideas that make sense. I just need a couple of years of school and I can shake the table,” she tweeted on Sunday, sharing her desire to become a member of Congress.
Cardi B, born Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar cited her motivation for entering politics. “Like I was watching War documentaries. No matter how many weapons a country have you need people ! How are you trying to go against a country and possibly start a war when this country lacks patriotism? I barely see people claiming they LOVE being American,” she said.
Though best known for her rap career and for penning her iconic catchphrase, “okurr,” she is no stranger to political activism. Last year she went viral for her video criticizing the government shutdown, which was due to Donald Trump’s desire to allocate funds to building along the Mexican border, and become the longest government shutdown in American history, ending at 35 days.
“Our country is in a hell hole right now, all for a f–king wall,” Cardi said in the video, when at that point, the shutdown had been in effect for a little over three weeks. Cardi condemned viewers who compare Trump’s government shutdown to when Obama shutdown the government, “for health care, so your grandma could check her blood pressure and and you b-tches could check your p–sy in the gynecologists with no mother f—ing problem.”
The video, riddled with profanity, caught the attention of Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who joked about whether they were going to retweet the video or not.
Cardi B has also endorsed Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential bid. In August, Sanders’s campaign released a video with Cardi where she asks the Vermont senator questions from her Instagram followers about issues plaguing the country.
Cardi B’s jump from a rap career to a political career would be no easy feat as she is currently indicted on 14 charges, including two felony charges, for her involvement in a fight that occurred in a Queens strip club in August 2018. In October of that year, Cardi was arrested for allegedly ordering two bartenders to be attacked, one of which Cardi accused of sleeping with her husband, rapper Offset. Both bartenders were subsequently injured, and Cardi B later turned herself into the police where she was charged.
Cardi B also faced backlash, and possibly incriminated herself, when she admitted that she used to drug and rob men when she worked as a stripper. She later issued an apology, writing that she is “not proud” of her crimes and made the choices she did because she “had very limited options.”