Dem senators debate whether to retweet Cardi B video criticizing Trump over shutdown
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Democratic senators publicly debated on Twitter on Wednesday night about whether they should retweet a video Cardi B posted sharply criticizing President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE over the ongoing government shutdown and for his order summoning some federal workers back to work without pay.

"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, which she posted to Instagram on Wednesday night.


"Now, I don't want to hear y'all motherf---ers talk about 'Obama shut down the government for 17 days' — yeah, bitch, for health care! So your grandmother can go check her blood pressure ... with no motherf---ing problem," she continued.

The viral video sparked debate among Democratic senators, including Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall MORE (D-N.Y.), who debated whether to retweet the video. 

Hawaii Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzTrump defends using DOD funds on border wall: 'Some of the generals think that this is more important' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Dems unveil bill to let VA doctors prescribe medical marijuana MORE tweeted late Wednesday night, "(Trying to decide whether or not to retweet the Cardi B video)."

Moments later, Connecticut Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyHouse passes bill to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen This week: Border deal remains elusive as shutdown looms Border talks stall as another shutdown looms MORE responded to Schatz’s tweet, writing that he was also grappling with a similar decision. 

“Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!” Murphy replied.

"Ok you do it. And say retweets are not endorsements, especially the language, and I will retweet," Schatz said in response. Shortly after, Murphy replied “DHYB," an online abbreviation for "don't hold your breath."

Schumer then chimed in on the debate, tweeting: "Guys, I'm still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?"

Schatz later tweeted that neither of the senators decided to retweet Cardi B, saying it "wouldn't be senatorial."

Cardi B tweeted later on Wednesday night:"Why am I trending?"

The message was the rapper's second attack aimed at Trump over Instagram in just a day. Cardi B ripped 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.