Who could have imagined Cardi B would become a gatekeeper in American politics? Well, anyone who’s been paying attention to her over the last 2 years. Popular for her music, yes, but Cardi has never shied away from offering her opinions on social issues.
She’s declared her support for presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders in the past. And as the Democratic primaries get underway, the two sat to discuss the state of the American economy, with Cardi focusing on low wages and worker’s rights, telling Sanders,
“What are we gonna do about wages in America? Like, for example, me, as a New Yorker, not now, but you know, when I was not famous, I just felt like no matter how many jobs I got, I wasn’t able to make ends meet. Like, I wasn’t able to pay my rent, get transportation and eat.”
Sanders acknowledged the disparity in income, noting that many are underpaid in America on their hourly wage.
“Right now, there are tens of millions of people who are earning what I consider to be starvation wages,” Sanders said, acknowledging the plight of underpaid hourly workers. “Can you imagine somebody today earning $9 an hour?”
“My thing is that, you know, certain people like to brag that there is [sic] more jobs now in America, but it’s like… yeah there’s an increase of jobs given, but what are they paying in these jobs? They practically pay nothing,” Cardi responded.
Agreeing, Sanders highlighted legislation he introduced that would raise the national minimum wage to $15 per hour. And talked about the importance of workers’ unions in wage negotiations.
“What we also have to do is make it easier for workers to join unions so they can sit down and engage in collective bargaining and earn a decent living.”
Cardi B knows this is the most important election of our lives. So we sat down to talk about the pressing issues facing people today.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 14, 2019