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In profanity-laced video, rapper Cardi B addresses government shutdown: ‘All for a…wall’

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 13: Carpool Karaoke with Cardi B on The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Monday, December 17, 2018. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Cardi B is upset and worried. And she wants the world to know.

In a profanity-laced video, the rapper on Wednesday night addressed the government shutdown that began Dec. 22 and has become the longest in the nation’s history.

“I just wanna remind you that it’s been a little bit over three weeks,” she said in the video. “Trump is now ordering … federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid. … This is serious. Our country is in a (expletive)hole right now. All for a … wall.”

Cardi B said she’s feeling anxious and helpless as the shutdown drags on.

“I feel like we need to take some action,” she said. “I don’t know what type of action … because this is not what I do. But … I’m scared.”

A few hours after she posted the video on Instagram, it had more than 8 million views, with some of her nearly 40 million followers applauding her for using her platform to address political issues. Others left comments on how the shutdown has affected their households.

As the video made rounds on social media, some Democratic lawmakers wondered publicly whether they should share it.

The rapper, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, has expressed interest in the government. In an interview with GQ magazine last year, she said she loves political science and is “obsessed” with how the system works.

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