Cardi B might have seemed like an unexpected voice in politics when her social media rants against President Donald Trump started gaining traction earlier this year. But the 27-year-old rapper has been long been outspoken about her political views and even now says that she relates to the social media tactics that Trump uses to maintain his fan base — although she condemns his use of them.
“I feel like not any of these Democrats have a really strong support base—I’m gonna say a fan base, because it’s almost like a fan base, what Trump has,” the Bronx native shared in her Vogue cover story for the January 2020 issue. “Because he was an entertainer, Trump knows how to get them to keep on talking about him. All these little antics that he do, like get into arguments with Chrissy Teigen, it’s just techniques to get attention. And I get that.”
In fact, it’s reflective of the recognition that she acquired by curating her own presence on Instagram and Vine at just 19 years old, which later launched her career as a reality television star and ultimately a successful rapper. But, Cardi assures readers that she doesn’t believe in a political leader being under the same type of spotlight.
“You like a certain artist that do crazy s***. But this person is in charge of our country. This person is in charge of our well-being. When it comes to my president, I want my president to be, like, extremely holy. That is the person I want to look up to,” she explained. “I don’t want my president to have any hatred toward a certain type of people. I don’t want my president to be arguing with freaking celebrities or caring what people think of him. I want my president to tell me an answer on s*** that really matters. I don’t want my president to entertain me. I just don’t.”
Leading up to the 2020 election, Cardi is endorsing the same candidate that she did in 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders, and says that she’s doing so because his years of service have proven him to be a “humanitarian.”
“People are not perfect, but he has the perfect intentions,” she said. “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.”
Her view of Sanders’s intentions is also something that resonates with Cardi on a personal level, as she faces constant criticism of her role as a mother.
“I could shake my a**, I could be the most ratchet-est person ever, I could get into a fight tomorrow, but I’m still a great mom,” she told the magazine. “All the time I’m thinking about my kid. I’m shaking my a**, but at the same time I’m doing business, I’m on the phone with my business manager saying, make sure that a percentage of my check goes to my kid’s trust. I give my daughter so much love, and I’m setting her up for a future. I want to tell her that a lot of the s*** that I have done in life—no matter what I did, knowing that I wanted to have kids made me go harder to secure a good future for my kids.”
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