Cardi B has pushed back against the major budget cuts for the Big Apple recently announced by New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
The Bronx native took to Instagram Live over the weekend, where she put Mayor Adams and the City on blast for the five percent across-the-board cuts, which are expected to negatively impact education, libraries, the police, and sanitation, among other city services.
“God forbid something happens to me or my family it’s because I’m speaking the truth,” Cardi began her explosive rant. “In New York, there is a $120 million budget cut that’s going to affect schools, public libraries and the police department [Note: the $120M figure is only the amount that’s being cut from pre-K and 3-K programs — the total cut in education funding will be around $547M this fiscal year alone]… And a $5 million in sanitation. Bitch, we are going to be drowning in fucking rats… It’s going to affect the whole New York.
“This what I’m telling y’all. This year, don’t fucking ask me. I don’t give a fuck the resumé they send, I’m not endorsing no fucking presidents no more. How is there a $100 million budget cut in New York City?
She continued: “Yet Joe Biden is talking about, we can fund two wars. Muthafucka is talking about we the greatest nation — no the fuck we not. We really are fucked right now. Where these kids gonna go? … What’s gonna happen to my nieces, my nephews, my aunts, my friends that’s living in the hood?”
Watch the clip below.
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The budget cuts announced by Mayor Adams are allegedly in response to the migrant crisis in New York.
“This has never happened in the history of New York City,” said Michael Mulgrew, who is the president of the United Federation of Teachers.
“The financial problem, as far as we know, is completely fabricated. We’ve been involved with budgets forever. We see what’s going on. The mayor said this is because of the asylum seekers. There is no foundation, there is no evidence.”
Cardi hasn’t been shy to comment on social and political matters, and she told David Letterman last year she feels a responsibility to use her platform to help others.
“I mean, I’m a hood chick, and I’m from the Bronx,” Cardi said. “A lot of people relate to me and follow me because they want to see how I’m dressed, they want to see my lifestyle.
“I feel like I have a responsibility to also share to them like, ‘Hey, while you here and you’re checking my outfit and checking my music, check out what’s going on over here in this part of the world.’”