Cardi B and Kanye West for president? Rappers share views on gun control and Trump in hint at political future
While Kanye has been voicing his desire to become president for years now, Cardi B only recently opened up about her political aspirations on social media, creating quite a stir
It could be the war of the rappers in 2024, that is, if Kanye West and Cardi B are serious about running for office in another four years.
While Kanye has been voicing his desire to become president for years now, Cardi B only recently opened up about her political aspirations on social media, creating quite a stir.
"I do feel like if I go back to school and focus up I can be part of Congress. I deadass have sooo much ideas that make sense. I just need a couple of years of school and I can shake the table," she posted.
After her announcement, 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders also endorsed her run for office in the future.
"Cardi B is deeply concerned about what's happening in the country. She knows what it's like to live in poverty and struggle, and it would be great for her to bring that experience to politics," Sanders told TMZ in an interview Tuesday, January 13.
Although it's too soon to tell whether Kanye and Cardi B will actually end up running for the Oval Office, here's what they will bring to the table if they actually do.
Similar views on gun control
In all likelihood, Cardi B will run on a Democratic ticket while Kanye will most likely be on the Republican side. Despite that, they have similar views on gun control.
Although Cardi B may have just expressed her desire to join Congress, she has been vocal in the past about her views on one of the most debated political hot topic in the United States.
"Listen, I do believe we have the right to bare [sic] arms however I do believe in order to get a gun we should get mental check-ups, proper training and a older [sic] age limit to own one. If the proper age limit to drinking is 21 because these kids can’t handle their liquor how can they possibly get the responsibility to own a gun? Is that fair? [sic]," she had tweeted.
She further elaborated on her stance by adding, "To join the military you need proper training and follow rules right? They do evaluation check to get in right? If you don’t qualify you get kicked outright? so if you don’t get training and don’t follow proper rules and don’t qualify to own a gun you shouldn’t have one."
Meanwhile, Kanye talked about being pro-gun when he visited the White House last year when President Donald Trump signed the Music Modernization Act.
"The problem is illegal guns. Illegal guns are the problem, not legal guns," Kanye said sitting at a press conference in the Oval Office. "We have the right to bear arms."
Shortly after, the NRA backed the rapper's comments, writing on Twitter, "#Kanye couldn't have said it better: Illegal guns are the problem, and we have the right to bear arms. The #NRA's nearly six million members are glad to see a celebrity who gets it, and who is will to stand with the #2A."
Divided over Trump
No points for guessing that the two rappers differ vastly when it comes to their opinions on Trump.
While Kanye has publicly endorsed Trump's presidency, Cardi B has slammed him for his questionable governmental policies.
Only last week, she weighed in on the Iran crisis by posting a clip from ABC News’ Nightline, which included the interview of an impassioned young man gathered in the Iranian capital city for a memorial service for Qassem Soleimani—Iran’s top general killed in a Trump-ordered drone attack. “They not terrorist,” she wrote in the caption, “Trump is.”
She has also previously criticized the president when he ordered a governmental shutdown last year. “Our country is in a hellhole right now. We really need to take this serious (sic). I feel like we need to take some kind of action. I don’t know what type of action, bitch, because this is not what I do. Bitch, I’m scared. This is crazy and I really feel bad for these people who gotta go to fucking work to not get motherfucking paid," she said.
Kanye, on the other hand, has been very chummy with the POTUS. An endorsement he has defended time and again. One such instance was his Sunday service at Salt Lake City, Utah, in October last year.
“They try to tell me because of my color who I’m supposed to pick as the president,” West said in videos that attendees recorded at the service. "You’re black, so you can’t like Trump. I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color. That’s a form of slavery. Mental slavery," he said.
Both the rappers drew mixed reactions from their fans on social media when they expressed their desire to run for office.
Actress Mindy Robinson's reaction to Cardi B's political aspirations became viral after the rapper herself retweeted it. "I went to college for both American History and Political Science, although to be fair... even my cat is more qualified to run for Congress than Cardi B," she tweeted.
Others like one Washington Post assistant editor Eric Garcia showed their support. "In some ways, the fact @Iamcardib wants to go back to school before running for Congress is a good thing because it shows humility and that she admits she doesn't know everything. That's a good quality," he said.
Kanye too had to face his own share of trolls online. "Just think, Kanye West for President 2020. Kim K as the First Lady. White Housing up with the Kardashian’s. Sex tape in the Oval Office. The direction North being referred to as “our child”. Plastic Surgery wing built onto the Capitol building. The possibilities are endless," one wrote.
However, another one recently said that they would prefer him over Trump any day: "But does anyone remember when Kanye said he was gonna run for president in 2020 and it never happened @kanyewest why are you letting us down man we stuck with Trump."