Rapper Cardi B’s tweet opposing the ‘Defund the Police’ movement drew scorn online, forcing her to take it down.
On Thursday afternoon, the rapper chose to respond to a tweet that said ‘Defund the police,’ a response to several police-involved shootings in the news.
‘That’s bu*****t,’ Cardi B responded. ‘We need cops and that’s facts we just need strict laws for cops. If you shot someone just like civilians you will go to jail that same day, get charge, wait for bond and go to trial. That will make you think twice about shooting anyone.’
The user she was responding to chose to respond to Cardi B’s tweet, noting that her understanding of the ‘Defund the Police’ movement was incorrect.
Cardi B drew criticism online after posted a tweet criticizing the ‘Defund the Police’ movement
The user tweeted: ‘Cardi. Defund the police does NOT mean ABOLISH the police. It means reallocating all the money from the police to local municipalities. To social workers. Housing, education, employment, mental health care, and youth services. Stop sending military weapons used in war to police.’
Other users on Twitter were quick to slam Cardi B.
‘Um Cardi B thinks she is so slick her axx [sic] used to say defund the police untill [sic] she got called out for saying that and she walks with bodyguards,’ one user posted.
Other people on Twitter came to the rapper’s defense.
One user posted, ‘love to see cardi b utilize common sense with respect to this issue.’
Nevertheless, within a few hours, Cardi B’s tweet was deleted, Page Six reports.
Cardi B also posted a message with a more anti-police angle after the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
She tweeted: ‘That video of that 13 year old falling on his a** after getting shot by a cop is so sick, sad and disgusting. I’m so tired of police brutality & entitlement. We are sooo tired of it .When will it end? like [sic] this s*** is becoming too much. It’s truly traumatizing.’
That message remains posted on her Twitter account.
Cardi B has been outspoken in the past about issues involving police brutality and supports the Black Lives Matter movement, in addition to Bernie Sanders.
A day before she posted her deleted tweet, she posted a video calling out Republicans.
‘We have seen a young man get killed by a cop, unarmed, and the excuse was the cop that had been on duty for 20-plus years, mistaked [sic] a gun for a taser,’ Cardi B said in the video.
‘And my thing is, where the f*** are you Twitter blue-check Republicans at? Y’all are the loudest on this motherf***ing app.
‘Y’all not saying nothing, y’all not complaining, y’all blame everything with what’s wrong in America beside the police. Y’all have been very silent! What’s going on?’
The reaction on Twitter to Cardi B’s message was mixed
Cardi B also posted a video on Twitter in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder, expressing support for the protests.
Cardi B said, ‘Seeing people looting and going extremely outraged, it makes me feel like, ‘Yes! Finally! Finally m*****f*****s is gonna hear us now. Yeah!”
‘I feel like I have done videos against police brutality, I feel like this is like my seventh time,’ Cardi B added.
The ‘Defund the Police’ movement has picked up renewed steam in recent days following several high-profile police shootings.
On Sunday, Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed when a Brooklyn Center police officer appeared to mistakenly fire her gun during a traffic stop, instead of her Taser.
On March 29, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, with the bodycam footage sparking outrage upon its release on Thursday.
Additionally, the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd is drawing to an end, with closing arguments set for Monday.
The ‘Defund the Police’ movement focuses on reallocating local resources from the police to other areas of a community, such as social services.
‘Abolish the Police,’ meanwhile, is a phrase pointing at getting rid of the current policing system altogether and enacting new community safety procedures from scratch.