Rapper Cardi B got congressmen talking in Washington after she posted a foul-mouthed rant on Instagram about the government shutdown.
In a video posted Wednesday night, the 26-year-old called the country a "hellhole right now, all for a "f****** wall."
“Now, I don’t want to hear y’all m*****f****** talking about, 'Oh, but Obama shut down the government for 17 days.' Yeah, b****, for health care. So your grandma could check her blood pressure and you b****** could go check your p**** in the gynecologist with no m*****f****** problem.”
She added: "I feel like we need to take some action. ... I’m scared. This is crazy. And I really feel bad for these people that gotta go to f****** work to not get m*****f****** paid.”
Democrats are going head-to-head with President Trump to reopen the government, which has been partially shut for 26 days, but have avoided giving him money for his wall. Some top lawmakers on the left appreciated Cardi's support and had fun with her outburst.
(Trying to decide whether or not to retweet the Cardi B video)— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 17, 2019
Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 17, 2019
Ok you do it. And say retweets are not endorsements, especially the language, and I will retweet.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 17, 2019
DHYB— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 17, 2019
I had to google that. Fair enough. See you tomorrow Murph.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 17, 2019
Guys, I’m still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 17, 2019
When Cardi opened Twitter after the Dems' back-and-forth, she tweeted, "Why am I trending?"
Cardi has noted that she likes to weigh in on politics, saying in an April 2018 interview with GQ, "I love political science. I love government. I'm obsessed with presidents. I'm obsessed to know how the system works."