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 TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report 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 SchumerSchumer slams Justice Dept over 'pre-damage control' on Mueller report Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders welcomes fight with Trump over 'Medicare for all' | DOJ attorney in ObamaCare case leaving | NYC mayor defends vaccination mandate | Ohio gov signs 'heartbeat' abortion bill Dems see room for Abrams in crowded presidential field MORE (D-N.Y.), who debated whether to retweet the video. 

Hawaii Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzHillicon 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 Lawmakers weigh challenges in fighting robocalls 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 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 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.