Cardi B turns on Joe Biden

Rapper Cardi B has turned on President Joe Biden after it was announced that there will be a 5 percent budget cut to public services in her native New York City.

The “WAP” hitmaker, who participated in Biden campaign promotion when he was a presidential candidate, took aim at the Democrat in a 10-minute live session on Instagram, and vowed that she would never endorse another aspiring president.

Bronx-raised Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almánzar, posted the video following last week’s announcement by New York City Mayor Eric Adams that there would be a 5 percent cut affecting several services in the Big Apple. The police, public libraries, schools, and sanitation are among the departments affected.

“For months, we have warned New Yorkers about the challenging fiscal situation our city faces,” said Adams in a statement released on November 16. “To balance the budget as the law requires, every city agency dug into their own budget to find savings, with minimal disruption to services.

“And while we pulled it off this time, make no mistake: Migrant costs are going up, tax revenue growth is slowing, and COVID stimulus funding is drying up. No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will be only the beginning.”

President Joe Biden is pictured left on November 15, 2023 in Woodside, California. Cardi B is pictured right on July 6, 2023 in Paris, France. Rapper Cardi B has lashed out at Biden amid the news that New York City’s public services budget will be cut.
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Responding to the news, an incensed Cardi B said on Instagram over the weekend: “I’m an angry b**** right now… I need y’all to spread this video, and if something happens to me, it’s because I’m speaking the truth.”

“In New York, there is a $120 million budget cut in New York that’s going to affect schools, public libraries, and the police department… And a $5 million budget cut in sanitation,” she went on. “B****, we are going to be drowning in f****** rats.”

“I’m not endorsing no f****** president no more,” the rap star vowed, charging that while New York City is facing the cuts, “Joe Biden’s talking about, ‘Yeah, we can fund two wars.”

The star was referring to the billions that the U.S. government has pledged to Israel and Ukraine military aid amidst their respective wars with Hamas and Russia.

Noting her own wealth, she said that she was “lucky” and “blessed,” but added: “What’s going to happen to my nieces? What’s going to happen to nephews? What’s going to happen to my cousins, aunts, and my friends that’s living in the hood.”

She also suggested a solution to the international wars that the U.S. is providing military aid for, advising those in the government to “sit the f*** down with these people and find an agreement… We can’t fund no f****** wars. We can’t.

“Y’all [are] doing budget cuts on the biggest city in the United States… This s*** is getting out of hand. They don’t want to say the word, but we’re going through a recession right now.”

In an apparent attempt to explain why much of her self-described anger was aimed at Biden, Cardi B told her 169 million Instagram followers that they face similar budget cuts across the U.S.

“Little by little, it’s gonna go [on] in y’all states,” she warned.

Calling out internet users’ focus on “celebrity drama,” Cardi B said “that’s little compared [to] what’s going on right now. The world is in f****** shambles.”

“These leaders, they don’t have our best interests [at heart],” she concluded. “I’m always gonna speak for the people.”

Video footage of Cardi B’s rant was shared on X, formerly Twitter, where it has garnered more than 14 million views.

This is not the first time that the star has spoken out about the economy. In February 2022, she commented on rapidly-increasing global inflation rates.

“There’s inflation not only in America, but everywhere in the world. It’s really hard to get the economy back up,” she said. “There’s is so much…backed up. China’s not really messing with us so a lot of things are behind. A lot of goods are behind.”

“And this s*** just made it way more complicated,” she added. “I’m just really annoyed by this and I really wish that all world leaders right now just really come with a logical conclusion.”

In August 2020, Cardi B, who has publicly criticized former President Donald Trump on several occasions, took part in a Zoom interview for Elle with then-presidential candidate Biden.

During their conversation, Cardi B spoke about issues her fans want to be resolved during his presidential term, such as free college and Medicare.

Similarly, Cardi B had shown her support for Senator Bernie Sanders—who she interviewed twice previously.