Our favorite rapper-slash-pundit talked about her disdain for President Donald Trump and dished on which Democratic presidential contenders have caught her eye so far in a red-carpet interview with Variety on Friday.
Recalling how fiercely the “Please Me” rapper criticized Trump’s government shutdown earlier this year, the publication asked Cardi what she would text or DM the president should she have the opportunity.
“I hate him. I just hate him. I don’t even want to get political, you know what I’m saying,” she said, letting out a major sigh.
But the Bronx hitmaker isn’t against all white male candidates. In fact, two, Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Tim Ryan (D-OH), are among her top choices at the moment.
Cardi, who supported Sanders in the 2016 primaries against Hillary Clinton, said while she still hasn’t made a decision on who she’d be supporting in the next election, she’s going to “always go with Bernie.” The reason: “This is the thing, right? Bernie don’t say things to be cool. Like, there’s pictures of him being an activist from a very, very, very long time [ago].”
But she’s not completely sold on the Vermont senator just yet. Another contender, Ryan, has also piqued the Dominican-Trinidadian star’s interest.
“I was watching the news, and I saw this guy named Tim Ryan. And his speech was very convincing to me,” Cardi said. “He really wants to give the United States free health care, so that’s a big plus. We need health care. So I don’t know. We’ll see.”
Earlier this month, Cardi posted an instastory where she shared her enthusiasm for the Ohio politician’s speech on free healthcare for all, though she stated she still did not trust him.
In response, the representative, a cosponsor on Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-WA) Medicare for All legislation, tweeted to the rapper, saying, “Every American deserves quality health care, period. Hope to earn your trust, @iamcardib.”
If free universal healthcare is on the top of Cardi’s list of issues that she’s taking into account when making the decision of who she’ll be voting for, she has a lot of candidates to sift through. Most of the Democratic candidates in the crowded 2020 field have endorsed Medicare for All, including Sanders, who was long one of its few proponents.
Good thing for Cardi is she, like all of us, still has time to research more on all of the candidates before making her decision.
If you were watching the Democratic Debates live last night you may have noticed one trending hashtag #CNNisTrash. Many Twitter users felt that CNN flubbed the debate asking leading questions to each candidate, particularly progressives like Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren, and barely touching subjects like climate change, gun control, police brutality, and reproductive rights.
The crassest part of the evening was the CNN moderator stoking the media-incited rivalry between allied progressives Sanders and Warren. The two appeared to have entered frenemy territory this week when it was revealed Sanders’ volunteers were using negative talking points about Warren while canvassing. Then four sources leaked to CNN that Sanders told Warren a woman couldn’t win the presidency in 2018.
CNN asked both senators about the former incident, which many felt was an attempt to pit progressive candidates against each other and distract from real issues.
Democratic debate so white.
With Senator Cory Booker dropping out of the race, Andrew Yang and Deval Patrick are the only non-white candidates in the running but they did not qualify for the debate. While the primary started out with its most diverse set of candidates, only the whitest and wealthiest have been able to garner enough support to stick out the excruciatingly long election season.
Sanders and Warren refused to take CNN’s bait last night.
Moderator Abby Phillip first asked Sanders about the sexist comment. Sanders denied ever making it. Rather than attacking Warren, he pivoted to the fact that Hillary Clinton won the nomination (over him no less) and that she won the popular vote.
“Well, as a matter of fact, I didn’t say it. And I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want. Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be President of the United States,” Sanders said.
Warren maintained her account of events without attacking Sanders.
“I disagreed,” she said. “Bernie is my friend, and I am not here to try to fight with Bernie. But, look, this question about whether or not a woman can be president has been raised, and it’s time for us to attack it head-on.”
Warren made a salient point about women’s ability to win elections when they choose to run.
“Look at the men on the stage – collectively they’ve lost 10 elections,” Warren said. “The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women. Amy and me.”
She also noted that she and Senator Amy Klobuchar are the only candidates to beat republican incumbents in roughly 30 years.
#NeverWarren is the number one trend in the U.S.
Some Sanders supporters appear unable to take the lead from their candidate of choice. A behind the scenes moment where Warren and Sanders have a tense conversation has caused many followers to speculate about what was said. Some Sanders supporters say Warren refused to shake his hand.
Twitter has since been flooded with accusations that Warren lied about Sanders’ 2018 comment (with little evidence) and #NeverWarren is now trending. Sanders’ more reasonable followers have chalked things up to a misunderstanding between two friends.
Could all of this anti-Warren drama be due to Russian influence?
Either way, Warren is on the receiving end of a great deal of vitriol which many believe is a coordinated effort by Russian bots to stoke division since neither progressive can win the nomination without the support of the other. A Warren or Sanders presidency will mean bad news for Russia.
CNN’s questions made them the big losers of the night.
Why is everyone so intent on not mentioning the obvious dangers that the current president and his administration pose to the country and the world?
Many question the entire debate process after it’s quite obvious the media doesn’t treat progressive politicians and policies in the same way it does long standing traditional ones.
But perhaps the biggest cause of ire was the constant questions about how Democrats will pay for basic entitlements like universal healthcare, childcare, and college with little interrogation about how the government always manages to allocate billions for endless wars and walls.
Many felt that rather than using the debate as a tool to inform the American people, the moderators were instead reinforcing conservative talking points.
The general reception of the debate was that the candidates kept their cool and were cordial to one another, despite CNN’s repeated attempts to court drama.
The candidates won the debate by dodging leading questions and centering their policies and vision for America.
The art of the celebrity courtroom outfit is a genre of fashion all to itself. The wearer must project the perfect blend of identities in order to win over the public. A great courtroom look should make a person look smart, but not clever, humble, but not a push-over, and well-groomed without being too glamorous.
Needless to say, stars like Cardi B who know their way around a courthouse, can pull off this look with aplomb. Others–not so much. Check out our list of the 20 most iconic Latino courtroom looks of all time below!
1. Cardi B
Cardi B is arguably as famous for her law-breaking shenanigans as she is for her chart-topping beats. With a criminal history like hers, it’s no wonder she knows how to dress for court. In October 2018, Cardi turned herself into police for her alleged attack of two strip club bartenders.
2. Nicole Richie
In 2007, Nicole Richie was not yet the laid-back socialite and working mother she is now–in fact, she was a reformed party girl. In 2007, Richie appeared at court to deal with charges relating to a past DUI. She looked chic and composed in an all-black ensemble complete with a low bun and her signature giant dark shades.
3. Jennifer Lopez
JLo looked ever the fierce queen while she was leaving a New York City courthouse in early 2000. The visit was related to a scuffle at a club involving her then-boyfriend P. Diddy. Lopez brought the fashion with a cream turtleneck and a white jacket topped off with a fur stole.
4. Cardi B
One of many Cardi B courtroom looks, Cardi enters this list as another Latina who opted for fur at the courthouse. She appeared at the Queens Criminal Court in January 2019 to deal with charges related to a fight at a strip club the year before.
5. Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera appeared at a local court in Chesapeake, West Virginia to deal with domestic abuse charges. Much less glamorous than the previous entries, Rivera obviously didn’t have a lot of time to prepare her courtroom look.
Shakira showed up to court earlier this year in Madrid dressed in the edgy rocker-look her fans have come to know and love. Although she was smiling, she was dealing with an ugly plagiarism lawsuit.
7. The Menendez Brothers
The high-profile trial of the Cuban-American Menendez brothers captured the attention of America not only for the gruesome nature of the double-homicide murders, but for the sharply-dressed fashion sense of the accused.
8. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars appeared in court for charges related to his arrest for possession of cocaine (don’t worry–the charges were eventually dropped). Regardless, Mars brought out all of the fashion stops for his courtroom appearance. As one Twitter user so aptly put it: “Only Bruno Mars can make going to court look like a photo shoot”.
This is Trump.
9. Lorena Bobbitt
Although her courtroom appearance for dismembering her husband was for a less-than-flattering circumstance, Ecuadorian-born Lorena Bobbitt won over America by her harrowing story of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. And because of her fashion sense that gave us the perfect Cher Horowitz-vibes.
10. Sonia Sotamayor
One of the few entries on this list whose appearance in court has nothing to do with her bad choice, Justice Sonia Sotomayor makes that shapeless long black robe look like couture.
11. Cardi B
Probably her least flattering courtroom ensemble, Cardi B’s court appearance in December of 2018 makes the lowest of her entries in this list. Much less polished than her other looks, it seems as if this look was thrown together last-minute.
12. Jodi Arias
Compared to her everyday look outside the courtroom, Jodi Arias’s courtroom look was downright virginal (no pun intended). A quick google search proves that Arias was a sexy, vampy blonde before she got into trouble with the law. Her courtroom look was frumpy librarian–but it didn’t convince the jury of her innocence.
13. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Donning her signature orange tan, penciled-in brows, and buffant-like teased hair, Chilean-born Snooki Polizzi’s courtroom appearance in 2010 was the epitome of early 2000s “guidette” fashion. The charges? Disorderly conduct and disturbing the quiet (aka, what she built her career on).
14. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen (nee Carlos Estevez) appeared at an Aspen courthouse in early 2010 due to a class-five felony menacing charge, among others. He dialed up his celebrity vibe with a dark suit and dark sunglasses.
15. Michelle Rodriguez
In 2006, Dominican actress Michelle Rodriguez donned a brown leather jacket and light brown shirt to court for charges related to a previous DUI. Although she looked like a badass, the judge made it clear that drunk driving is never okay. Rodriguez pleaded guilty and spent five days in jail.
16. Prince Royce
Before he was the Latino hitmaker Prince Royce, this young New York Dominican was just a teenager named Geoffrey Royce Rojas who appeared on “Judge Judy” knockoff, “The People’s Court”. Royce was accused of stealing another man’s music, but the real story was how adorable Royce looked as a young kid in some grown-man trouble!
17. Aurea Vazquez Rijos
Aurea Vazquez Rijos, the Puerto Rican former beauty queen and convicted murderer, was forced to appear in court in a dumpy scrub-like navy jumpsuit on charges of murdering her husband to get her hands on his fortune. The unflattering ensemble was a far cry from the high-fashion getups she was used to!
18. Marilyn Milian
Born to Cuban parents in New York, Marilyn Milian is the HBIC and judge on the hit show “The People’s Court” (yes, the same show that Prince Royce appeared in). Her courtroom look is the definition of iconic: always professional, but extra polished.
19. Tekashi 6ix9ine
Dubbed “The Supervillain of Hip Hop” by the media, Tekashi 6ix9ine (aka Daniel Hernandez) did himself no favors when he appeared in court sporting a ragged, multi-colored messy bun and a Tommy Hilfiger hoodie. In 2019, 6ix9ine pled guilty to racketeering, weapons, and drug charges and is facing up to 47 years in prison.