Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has said it would be great if rapper Cardi B were to run for political office, as he appeared in a TMZ interview published Tuesday, 14 January.
"Cardi B is deeply concerned about what's happening in the country. She knows what it's like to live in poverty and struggle, and it would be great for her to bring that experience to politics" said Sanders.
Cardi B has been showing an interest in politics for a while now, as on Sunday, the rapper floated the idea of seeking office:
I think I want to be a politician.I really love government even tho I don’t agree with Goverment— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 12, 2020
Some netizens were nonplussed over the statement made by the White House contender.
I didn’t know being poor and struggling was considered political experience. Hmmm, I should be president in that case. pic.twitter.com/wSvpmuKkXP— JP’s Outspoken Thoughts (@OutspokenThots) January 15, 2020
Others were not at all amused at the “endorsement”.
She knows how to drug & steal too...😂— Bold Republic USA (@BoldRepublicUSA) January 15, 2020
There are a LOT of people who knows what it's like to live in poverty.— Cataracts (@Cataracts_) January 15, 2020
Please someone put that crazy old man in a retirement home.— Heff Sandurs (@Heff__Sandurs) January 15, 2020
Didn't she drug and rob people? Sounds about right for holding public office nowadays...— Eli Forta (@EliForta13) January 15, 2020
This all sounds like a bad dream!!!! 😱😱😱😱😱😬😬😬😬😬— Cathy Weston (@CathyWeston6) January 15, 2020
Ya just lost me Bernie.— HitShappens (@HitShappens) January 15, 2020
Other netizens kept their cool, seeing politics “for what they are”.
Politics at its greatest. He knows there’s about a 0.005% chance of her winning but it sure makes him look cool supporting her...to the crowd that votes based on what’s cool.— Joshua Engstrom (@JoshuaEngstrom) January 15, 2020
Supporters of Bernie Sanders, however, found nothing amiss with his statements.
Senator Bernie Sanders and Cardi B have long been fans of one another, teaming up in July last year to film a 2020 presidential campaign video meant to appeal to young voters, where the focus was on cancellation of student debt, the climate crisis and raising the minimum wage.
The video was filmed at the TEN Nail Bar, a salon owned by two black women, and was the first collaboration between the duo.
Afterwards, Cardi B thanked Sanders on Instagram.
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Not me, US. Thank you Senator Bernie Sanders for sitting with me and sharing your plans on how you will change this country. A couple of weeks ago I asked my followers if you had the opportunity to have a question answered by a democratic candidate what would it be ? I got a lot of submission and selected the most popular questions to get answered. Stay tuned to see how he will fight for economic, racial, and social justice for all. Together, let’s build a movement of young people to transform this country.LETS LEARN OUR CANDIDATES!
"Thank you Senator Bernie Sanders for sitting with me and sharing your plans on how you will change this country," the rapper wrote
Before entering the nail bar where the video was filmed, Sanders told CNN what it meant to have Cardi B's support.
"What it means is, what Cardi B does, not only is she an enormously popular entertainer, what she is doing is speaking to young people about the important issues that are on their minds and I applaud that very much" Sanders told CNN in July.
In December, Cardi B gave an interview for Vogue where besides other issues she touched upon why she supported Sanders.
"People are not perfect, but he has the perfect intentions. He naturally cares about minorities. He actually cares about people getting Medicare because he knows they can't afford it. I don't feel like he's just saying these things 'cause he want the vote," said Cardi B.