Cardi B expresses solidarity with federal workers not getting paid

Cardi B released a video Wednesday sharply criticizing President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE over the ongoing government shutdown and for his order this week summoning some federal workers back to work without pay.

In a short message posted to Instagram, the rapper excoriated Trump over requiring workers to work without pay, which is common during government shutdowns.

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"I just want to remind y'all, because it's been a little over three weeks...Trump is ordering and summoning federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid," Cardi B says in the video.

She also blasted comparisons that Republicans have made between the ongoing shutdown and the 2013 shutdown that resulted from a dispute over the Affordable Care Act's implementation.

"Now, I don't want to hear y'all motherf---ers talk about 'Obama shut down the government for seventeen days' — yeah, bitch, for health care! So your grandmother can go check her blood pressure...with no motherf---ing problem."

The message was Cardi B's second attack aimed at Trump over Instagram in just a day. The rapper blistered Trump in an Instagram Live video earlier Wednesday, accusing him of promising his supporters that his administration would construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border while knowing that he could not follow through.

"You promised these f---ing racist rednecks that you was gonna build the wall, but you know that was impossible," Cardi B said. "But they voted for you and you promised them this shit so now you have to do it."

The video trended on Twitter later Wednesday evening, and caught the notice of Democratic senators, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE (D-N.Y.). The three debated on a thread started by Hawaii Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzAnti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Hillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Lawmakers, tech set for clash over AI MORE (D) over whether to retweet the video, while not endorsing the rapper's coarse language.

"(Trying to decide whether or not to retweet the Cardi B video)" Schatz tweeted.

"Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!" responded Connecticut Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates More than 30 Senate Dems ask Trump to reconsider Central American aid cuts Long-shot goal of nixing Electoral College picks up steam MORE (D).

The ongoing government shutdown reached day 26 on Wednesday with no end in sight, as Democrats in the House have refused to meet Trump's demand for more than $5 billion in funding for construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump, meanwhile threatened earlier this month in a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders to keep the shutdown going for "years" if his demands are not met.