Cardi B Feels The Bern: Rapper Interviews Bernie Sanders About Police Brutality, The Economy & More

August 16, 2019  |  

Cardi B, Bernie Sanders

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Two weeks ago a short teaser previewed the in-depth conversation between Bronx rapper Cardi B, and presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders. Now, the full video released on Thursday, shows the range of topics the two covered as they sat down in Ten Nail salon, a Black-owned business in Detroit ahead of the second Democratic presidential debate.

The 26-year-old rapper and the 77-year-old Vermont senator touched on issues that weighed heavy on the hearts of the nation’s youth, especially millennials. The two covered everything from police brutality, student loan debt, healthcare and the economy.

“Are you scared that you will get so many powerful people upset?” Cardi began out the gate.

As an interviewer, the conversation showed a vast expansion of Cardi’s knowledge of U.S. history and politics. Cardi has spoken out on several issues pertaining to the current election and the political climate’s hot button issues, but she also incorporated questions from her fans.

“I feel like we have a serious problem in America, we have a bully as a president and the only way to take him out is somebody winning,” Cardi said.

The first topic covered police brutality and the disproportionate rates to which Black and brown communities are killed by local law enforcement.

“Obviously we need to end all forms of racism in this country, from Donald Trump down to the local police department,” Sanders began. His solution would build upon strengthening educational access and job training, instead of investing in the prison industrial complex. Sanders also suggested that the federal government probe police killings for accountability purposes.

“So we need police departments that look like the communities that they serve — we get rid of a lot of this militarization of the police department, which is a form of intimidating people,” Sanders continued.

Sanders also touched on the DACA program where immigrant children were given a path to naturalization. However, the program was ended under Trump by an executive order. Sanders said he would look to expand the program within his first week in office.

The two also touched on raising the minimum wage, so that families would have access to quality of life.

“Legislation that I’ve introduced which was passed int he house recently, U.S. House, would raise that minimum wage to $15 an hour. And what we also have to make it easier for workers to join unions so they can sit down and engage in collective bargaining and earnings,” Sanders said.

Sanders closed with a message to engage young voters in the upcoming election.

“Young people have got to get involved in the political process. Register to vote. It is not hard. It takes you five minutes. Register to vote. Trump does not want people of color to be participating in the political process,” he began. “Participate in the political process. And then think about who the candidate is that is speaking the issues that are important to you, and then vote. If we have young people voting in large numbers, you know what, I have zero doubt that Donald Trump would be defeated.”

Watch their full conversation below.

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