Rapper Cardi B — known best for her crude song "WAP" — lashed out on Twitter this week after a Republican lawmaker dared to link her recent Grammy performance with the "moral decline" of the country.
The 28-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, called Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) an "idiot" in a tweet Thursday in response to the lawmaker's speech on the House floor. During the speech, Grothman revealed that his office had received complaints following Cardi B's highly sexualized performance of "WAP" at the popular music awards show last month.
"They wonder why we are paying the [Federal Communications Commission] if they feel that this should be in living rooms across the nation. I realize that [Vice President] Kamala Harris has used her fame to promote this performer, but I assure the FCC that millions of Americans would view her performance as inconsistent with basic decency," Grothman said. "Wake up, FCC, and begin to do your job. The moral decline of America is partly due to your utter complacency."
In response, Cardi B — an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump — blasted the congressman for spotlighting her performance even while the country was grappling with what she considered to be several incidents of police brutality.
This gets me so mad ya don’t even know! I think we all been on the edge this week since we seen police brutality ba… https://t.co/C7oW4ujRqY— iamcardib (@iamcardib)1619106787.0
"This gets me so mad ya don't even know!" she said. "I think we all been on the edge this week since we seen police brutality back to back including watching one of the biggest case in history go down DUE to police brutality but wait ! This is wat [sic] state representative decide to talk about."
The entertainer's tweets followed news this week that a 12-person jury had convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter for his role in the death of George Floyd last May.
Then, when a commenter on Twitter shared the rapper's sentiments, Cardi B posted another tweet, this time mentioning Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man from Wisconsin — where Grothman is a representative — who was shot by police in August and paralyzed from the waist down. According to video of the incident, Blake was armed with a knife at the time.
"Mind you Nikkas can't give a word about Jacob Blake or give him proper Justice but this part of the reason why !!!!!" the Bronx native wrote on Twitter. "They giving seats to F***IN IDIOTS!!This is why people gotta vote ,elect better people cause you got these dum a**es representing states."