Cardi B has weighed in on the ongoing US government shutdown, declaring that “our country is a hellhole right now” after President Donald Trump reportedly summoned thousands of federal workers back to their jobs with no pay.
The partial shutdown lingers on in the US, with Trump and the Democrats at loggerheads over funding for the former’s proposed and highly controversial US/Mexico border wall.
Cardi took to Instagram last night (January 16) to give her take on the situation, where she addressed her 39 million followers on what should be down about the shutdown.
“I don’t want to hear y’all motherfuckers talking about ‘Oh, but Obama shut down the government for 17 days,’” she explained. “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.
“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. Our country is in a hellhole right now: all for a fucking wall.
“We really need to take this serious [sic],” she continued. “I feel like we need to take some kind of action. I don’t know what time of action, bitch, because this [is] not what I do. But 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.”
But she’s also provoked discussion among senators who were seemingly unsure whether to endorse the message.
“Trying to decide whether or not to retweet the Cardi B video,” wrote Hawaii senator Brian Schatz.
In response, Connecticut senator Chris Murphy said: “OMG, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!”.
Ok, this is too much now. pic.twitter.com/puPeNfgVJM
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 17, 2019
In the end, senator Chuck Schumer piled in, writing: “Guys, I’m still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?”
The shutdown over Trump’s proposed border wall led one Twitter user to recently compare the situation to an episode of a 1950s TV show, which appeared to ‘foreshadow’ the current furore over the wall.