Cardi B is considering accepting the invitation to speak in front of a prominent Democratic group influential in the Iowa caucuses. The event lines up with her Des Moines stop on her concert tour in May.
The 26-year-old rapper from the Bronx took to Twitter on Thursday asking her 4.9 million followers if she should accept the Polk County Democrats’ offer. If Cardi accepts, she will join the ranks of other powerful women like Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand, among others.
Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almánzar, represents an important part of the Democratic base, one that unfortunately does not turn out to vote. She’s a young Afro-Latina without a college degree. She grew up in a poor neighborhood where she was involved in a gang, and she has been open about working as a stripper before her music career took off.
Turnout among Black voters fell precipitously in 2016 and Hispanic turnout stayed flat despite Donald Trump’s constant attacks. This was especially true among low-income voters. Cardi is able to speak to these groups in a way traditional politicians simply can’t. Unlike other celebrities, you can tell Cardi is an unapologetically herself. Cardi doesn’t have to tell you that she’s still “Belcalis from the block.” She still seems like the down-to-earth girl from the Bronx. Simply put, Cardi B is a woman of the people.
Cardi’s first foray into politics came during the government shutdown. She posted a blunt message on Instagram on the state of the country. “Our country is in a hellhole right now, all for a f***ing wall.”
She also hit back at those who make the false equivalence between Obama and Trump’s shutdowns. “I don’t want to hear you motherf***ers talk about ‘Obama shut down the government for seventeen days. Yeah, b**ch- for healthcare,” Cardi exclaimed. “So that your grandmother could check her blood pressure and you b**ches could go check your p***y at the gynecologist with no motherf***ing problem.”
2020 is right around the corner, and Cardi B would be a great asset for any candidate to help turn out the vote.