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On Wednesday, the 26-year-old rapper urged her Instagram followers to participate in the upcoming Democratic debates, which will take place on July 30 and 31 in Detroit.
“THIS MIGHT BE YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED,” she wrote in her plea, alongside a video. “What would you like to ask? What change would you like to see in your community and in the USA? 2020 is getting very close let’s get familiar with who is running and how they can change the country!”
In the video, Cardi implored her followers to post questions for their favorite 2020 Democrats in the comment section.
“What would you like to see change in your community?” she asked. “What type of questions would you like to ask a Democratic candidate? Ask those questions down in my comments, and we are going to try to get them questions answered.”
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THIS MIGHT BE YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED!! I would like to ask my favorite democratic candidate about police brutality.What would you like to ask ? what change would you like to see in your community and in the USA 🇺🇸? 2020 is getting very close let’s get familiar with who is running and how they can change the country ! Put your questions down below and your questions may be answered very soon😊😊
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The Bronx, New York, native noted that her choice of question would be in regards to police brutality.
“If I was to ask my next president a question, I would like to ask what are we going to do about police brutality,” she said. “It seems like it keeps on happening every single day, and (police are) getting away with it. And no one’s talking about it … I would like to see a change.”
The comment section was quickly flooded with questions from Cardi’s newly energized fan base.
“How are we going to stop ripping families apart n throwing children in ICE camps? How are we going to protect our community from guns and police brutality? When are we going to acknowledge that trans rights are human rights,” one commenter asked. Comments ranged from questions about immigration to queries about protecting trans rights.
This is far from Cardi B’s first foray into politics, but it may end up being her most successful. Time will tell if the singer’s efforts at getting the questions asked on the debate stage will come to fruition, but her crusade is certainly making a difference. Her followers are more engaged than ever—here’s hoping it lasts until election day.
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Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.