Cardi B teases video discussing jobs, wages with Bernie Sanders

Rapper Cardi B is out with a new video in which she discusses jobs and the minimum wage with Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (I-Vt.).

“A couple of weeks ago I asked my followers if you all had the chance to ask a Democratic candidate a question, what would that question be?" she wrote on her Instagram on Tuesday.

"The topic that was mentioned the most by all of you was about raising MINIMUM WAGE. I got the chance to ask @berniesanders about this, and these are his answers,” she added.

The rapper shared a clip of her talking with Sanders about how she struggled to afford bills and other necessities when she lived in New York City before she was a star.


“Me, as a New Yorker, not now, but you know, when I was not famous, I just felt like no matter how many jobs I get, I wasn’t able to ends meet. I wasn’t able to pay my rent, get transportation and eat,” she said.

Sanders responded by discussing how some Americans get two to three jobs to pay bills and touted legislation he introduced to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. The Democratic-led House passed a bill mandating the increase in July.

“Right now we have tens of millions of people who are earning what I consider to be starvation wages. Can you imagine somebody today earning $9 an hour?” the senator asked. 

“How do you pay your rent? How do you pay for food? How to you pay for transportation?” he continued.

Sanders also called for protections for labor unions during the conversation. The senator unveiled new legislation earlier this year that would expedite the formation process for unions and timelines for negotiations between unions and companies.

“What we also have to do is make it easier for workers to join unions so they can sit down and engage in collective bargaining and earn a decent living,” Sanders said.

Cardi B also addressed the unemployment rate in the video, arguing that while there may be more jobs available in America, many pay lower wages.

The U.S. added 164,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent from previous months.

“Certain people like to brag that there is more jobs now in America, but it’s like, yeah, there is an increase of jobs given, but what are they paying in these jobs? They practically pay nothing,” the rapper said.

This is not the first time Cardi B, who is a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE, has expressed her support for Sanders.

She reportedly filmed a campaign video targeting young voters for Sanders, and she tweeted in July that she is "really sad how we let him down" during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.