- Bernie Sanders praised rap star Cardi B in a tweet Wednesday.
- Sanders said Cardi was “right” to praise President Franklin Roosevelt’s creation of Social Security.
- Cardi B has a shown political acumen recently, also weighing in on taxes.
Rapper Cardi B has a new fan: Sen. Bernie Sanders, the former Democratic presidential candidate.
In a tweet Wednesday, Sanders applauded the “Bodak Yellow” rapper after the Social Security Administration tweeted a quote from Cardi B in which she praised former President Franklin D. Roosevelt for creating the agency.
“Cardi B is right,” Sanders said. “If we are really going to make America great we need to strengthen Social Security so that seniors are able to retire with the dignity they deserve.”
The tweet was in reaction to a comment from a recent GQ profile of Cardi in which the star called FDR the “real ‘Make America Great Again.'”
“Like, this man was suffering from polio at the time of his presidency, and yet all he was worried about was trying to make America great – make America great again for real,” she told GQ. “He’s the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.”
Roosevelt created Social Security in 1935 as part of the ambitious New Deal plan designed to pull the US out of the Great Depression.
Sanders has long advocated for change to Social Security, including an increase in benefits through higher Social Security taxes on people’s income above $US250,000 annually.
Cardi B hasn’t been shy about her political interests in recent months. In March, she went viral with a video demanding to know how exactly the government was spending her taxes.
“And, Uncle Sam, I want to know what you’re doing with my f—— tax money,” she said in the video. “Because, you know what I’m saying? When you donate, when you donate to a kid from a foreign country, they give you updates of what they’re doing with your donation.”
Additionally, Cardi B rattled off facts about presidents from James Buchanan to Herbert Hoover in the GQ profile.
“I love government. I’m obsessed with presidents. I’m obsessed to know how the system works,” Cardi told the magazine.
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