Colbert starts petition for Cardi B to give State of the Union rebuttal
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Late-night host Stephen Colbert said Wednesday evening that he is starting a petition for rapper Cardi B to give the rebuttal to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE's State of the Union address.

"I am starting a petition for the Democrats to let @iamcardib give the rebuttal to the SOTU," Colbert tweeted. "Sign it by retweeting this!" 


The tweet garnered nearly 7,000 retweets and more than 11,500 likes less than an hour after being posted. 

The president's State of the Union address is typically followed by a rebuttal speech by representatives of the opposition party. 

Cardi B has gained national attention for her comments slamming the president in recent days, notably telling conservatives to admit that Trump president is "f---in up this country." 

"All these conservatives been harassing me and telling me the most disgusting things these past few days," she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. "Listen I’m not telling ya to turn liberal all I’m saying is to admit that your president is fuckin up this country right now! Liberal or conservative we ALL suffer as citizens."

The "I Like It" singer last week slammed Trump and his "racist redneck" supporters over the president’s request for Congress to dedicate $5.7 billion to fund a U.S.–Mexico border wall.

“Even if motherf---ers build the wall, that's still not going to f---ing prevent people coming into this country,” Cardi B said in an Instagram Live video.  

In another post, she expressed solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have not been paid during the ongoing partial government shutdown, which is the longest in U.S. history.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCutting tariffs is better than cutting payroll taxes to boost the economy Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy In debate over internet speech law, pay attention to whose voices are ignored MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday escalated her battle with Trump by saying she would block him from delivering the annual State of the Union address from the House chamber. The speech was originally planned for Jan. 29.

Pelosi had previously said it was dangerous to hold the address while the government is partially shut down due to security concerns. Her letter came hours after Trump on Wednesday issued his own letter saying he intended to go ahead with the State of the Union.

Trump, in response to Pelosi's letter, said he may do an “alternative” State of the Union, though he provided no further details about such an event.

Roughly one-quarter of the government has been shuttered since Dec. 22, leaving around 800,000 federal employees furloughed or forced to work without pay.