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Bernie Sanders’ Secret Weapon? Senator Gets Support From Triple Platinum Rapper Cardi B

Bernie Sanders may have found a secret weapon that could win him the democratic nomination.



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(TMU) — Depending on which polls you trust, Senator Bernie Sanders is lagging far behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the crowded Democratic primary field.

But don’t count Bernie out just yet—the veteran left-winger is still the second top choice among Democratic voters and the 77-year-old senator has long been a political survivor.

And now, Sanders may have found a secret weapon that could keep his campaign alive in terms of getting youth out to vote: Bronx-born triple-platinum rap musician Belcalis Almánzar, known by her stage name Cardi B.

The two recently met for a political summit on Instagram that should go live this week, where the septuagenarian democratic socialist and the 26-year-old rapper discuss the 2020 presidential election. So far, the two have only teased the social media event.

In an Instagram post Monday, Cardi wrote:

“Not me, US … Stay tuned to see how he will fight for economic, racial, and social justice for all. Together, let’s build a movement of young people to transform this country.”

Sanders also shared an image from the meeting, where the Vermont senator tweeted:

“Today [Cardi] and I finally met. We had a great conversation about the future of America. And let me tell you: Cardi B is right. Together, we’ll get millions of young people involved in the political process and transform this country.”

Cardi hasn’t officially endorsed Sanders, but she has tweeted in his favor in the past. On July 16, she wrote:

“I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I’m really sad how we let him down in 2016 … This man been fighting for equal rights, HUMAN rights for such along time. Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.”

While Cardi’s detractors like to depict the young artist as an inarticulate airhead, she hasn’t been afraid of wading into the heated political debates that have gripped the U.S. in recent months.

In a recent political feud, Cardi savaged Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren after the latter called her “the latest genius political mind to endorse the democrats” following a series of videos in which Cardi tore into President Donald Trump’s government shutdown. Days later, Cardi responded “Leave me alone I will dog walk you.”

When Lahren—who has compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan and attacked Beyonce for opposing “white domination”—responded by calling out Cardi’s “political rambling” as “moronic,” the rap superstar tore into the far-right provocateur, writing:

“You’re so blinded with racism that you don’t even realize the decisions the president you root for is destroying the country you claim to love so much .You are a perfect example on no matter how educated or smart you think you are you still a SHEEP!”

Cardi recently posted a clip from Sanders’ recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, where the primary contender told Kimmel:

“She is really smart, and she is deeply concerned with what is happening in this country.”

In the caption accompanying the clip, Cardi wrote:

“This makes me so happy ! I know my High school history teacher is so happy … believe it or not guys I was in advance placement in high school for Government and history it was a subject that I learn fast cause I naturally love it!”

However, Cardi’s support for Sanders has come under fire from Trump supporters who, in addition to deriding the celebrity as having no right to wade into politics, have accused her of being a “rapist” due to an old video of her admitting that she used to drug her clients before robbing them when she was a stripper. Cardi, who admits that she has robbed clients but denied ever drugging them, also insists that she never raped anyone.

It remains too early to tell whether Sanders’ political chances will be harmed or helped by his apparent team-up with Cardi B.

But if Sanders does manage to come out of the Democratic primaries in first place, it will be interesting to see a campaign battle between a left-wing politician backed by a black female artist at the peak of her career and an incumbent President Trump backed by Confederate flag-waving white rapper Kid Rock and guitar virtuoso Ted Nugent, who once wrote such wholesome classics like “Jailbait” and “I Am a Predator.”

By Elias Marat | Creative Commons |

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