The 29-year-old MC received a lot of flak when she released her sexually explicit Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “WAP” collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion. And Cardi aptly described the song as “the one that had Republicans crying on Fox News about it.” Ben Shapiro read the uncomfortably censored lyrics on his own show shortly after the single dropped in August 2020 and sarcastically analyzed what part the song plays in the feminist movement.
And when Cardi interviewed now-President Joe Biden as well as former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Shapiro brought his fellow conservative commentator Candace Owens onto his show, who claimed the tactics were “pandering” to Black American voters by appealing to their music tastes and later sparked her own political debate with Cardi. The Invasion of Privacy Grammy winner also fired back at former Republican congressional candidate DeAnna Lorraine after she made an unflattering comparison between Cardi and Melania Trump.
In her cover story last year when she was crowned Billboard‘s Woman of the Year, Cardi reacted to seeing her and Meg’s fans sing “WAP” outside the White House the day that Biden’s win was announced last fall. “So many Republicans — not just any Republicans that got an Instagram following, but a lot of Republicans that got blue checks [on Twitter] and millions of followers, [like Ben] Shapiro, Candace Owens, Tomi Lahren — were talking so much crap about ‘WAP,'” she said at the time. “So it was just a victory for me seeing people celebrating Biden’s win with my and Megan’s song. Power of the p—y, ya heard?!”
Cardi also opened up about how she wasn’t just “bullied by the republications” but also harassed by Trump supporters during an Instagram Live video, to the point where one teenage boy tried doxing her home. “They be degrading me. They be making fun of me. I ignore them. I don’t give a f—,” she said. “Sh– gets so intense that a Trump supporter posted my address and encouraged people to dox my home, to put my house on fire. I literally hired a private investigator, and serve them with a warrant and arrest this boy.”