Cardi B Supports Stephen Colbert's Push for Her to Deliver SOTU Rebuttal: 'Why Not'
On Friday, the “Money” rapper responded to news items about the Twitter petition made by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert host earlier this week, which has since been “signed” by over 68,000 people who retweeted the message.
“Why not,” she tweeted, including a sea of laughing emojis… I get straight to the point. Government shutdown over!”
Cardi’s tweet comes on the heels of her recent rant about the government shutdown, which went viral. In addition to complaining about the shutdown in the clip, Cardi slammed Trump for forcing some federal employees to return to work without being paid and trying to construct a border wall.
“Hey y’all, I just wanna remind y’all because it’s been a little bit over three weeks,” Cardi, 26, began the clip posted on Instagram. “Trump is now ordering — as in summonsing — federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid.”
“Now I don’t wanna hear y’all motherf—ers talking ’bout, ‘Oh, but Obama shut down the government for 17 days,’” she continued. “Yeah, bitch, for healthcare so your grandma could check her blood pressure and you bitches can go check that p— at the gynecologist with no motherf—ing problem.”
Warning: The video below contains explicit language
To wrap up her rant, Cardi stressed the severity of the situation, noting that many of her followers may not care about the shutdown, but they should — and she urged them to act.
“Now I know a lot of y’all don’t care because y’all don’t work for the government or y’all probably don’t even have a job but this s— is really f— serious, bro. This s— is crazy,” she explained. “Our country is in a hell hole right now all for a f—ing wall and we really need to take this serious[ly].”
“I feel like we need to take some action. I don’t know what type of action, bitch, cause this is not what I do, but bitch I’m scared,” she finished. “This is crazy and I really feel bad for these people who need to go to f—ing work to not get motherf—ing paid.”
She captioned the heated video, “I know a lot of ya do r watch the news so I’m letting ya know s— getting real …..I ain’t going to say nothing much tho I don’t want mofos to off me…..ANYWAYS TWERK VIDEO OUT NOW”
Cardi’s rant later led to an online argument with conservative Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren, also 26. The pair engaged in a war of words, with Cardi threatening to “dog walk” Lahren and calling her “blinded by racism,” and Lahren calling Cardi’s political rambling “moronic.”
Trump on Friday signed a bill to temporarily reopen the federal government for three weeks after the 35-day shutdown — a historic closure begun by his demand for a border wall, which Congressional Democrats, empowered in the midterms, have roundly rejected. Trump said the measures would guarantee backpay for affected workers.
After five weeks, the president’s reversal amounted to a concession to the Democrats’ stated position throughout: End the shutdown, which affects nine federal agencies and some 800,000 employees, while continuing to negotiate about the specific issue of border security.
Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, has said Trump’s insistence on a wall with Mexico amounted to “holding Americans hostage.” She called such a wall “immoral” and “ineffective.”
As for whether the State of the Union is happening next week, that still remains unclear.
“The State of the Union is not planned now,” Pelosi said on Friday, CNN reported. “What I said to the President is when the government is open we will discuss a mutually agreeable date, and I’ll look forward to doing that and welcoming the President to the House of Representatives for the State of the Union when we agree on that.”