Iowa Democrats want Cardi B to speak to Des Moines voters

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  • Rapper Cardi B has, in the past few weeks, become a political pundit of sorts on the left. As a possible result, the Bronx singer has been invited by Democrats in Iowa to give a speech in Des Moines. 
  • The Polk County Democrats, who usually meet with presidential candidates, have invited the singer to a "reception of her choice" while she's in town for a musical performance.
  • Cardi B has spoken about politics in the past, using her stardom to endorse Bernie Sanders' campaign and repeatedly condemn the Trump administration's actions. 

She may not be old enough to run for the White House, but rapper Cardi B is certainly making an impression on Iowa Democrats.

Which could be why the Polk County Democrats, a group known for setting up events for presidential candidates during election seasons, might have invited the Bronx singer to deliver a speech in Des Moines later this year. 

On Tuesday, the Polk County Democrats tweeted that the group would host "a reception of her choice" for Cardi while she's in town.

The group said they have been honored to feature a group of "powerful women leaders" in the recent months, including Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand. It only makes sense, they said, that Cardi B should stop by and speak to Iowa Democrats too. 

"We are definitely serious about this," Sean Bagniewski, the Polk County Democrats chair told the Des Moines Register. 

Right now, Bagniewski said, the group is attempting to connect with the rapper's social media teams to figure out how to set an event up, Bagniewski said.

Read more: Cardi B is feuding with Fox News pundit Tomi Lahren over the government shutdown: 'Leave me alone I will dog walk you'

Cardi B is no stranger to politics. In 2016, she endorsed "Daddy Bernie" Sanders in a video promoting the Vermont senator's presidential bid. Later, she and Hillary Clinton narrated a book critical of the Trump presidency. Just a few days ago, the "Bodak Yellow" singer took to social media to criticize the government shutdown, calling for an end to it. When right-wing pundit and agitator Tomi Lahren suggested she stay out of politics, Cardi B responded swiftly: "leave me alone I will dog walk you." 

Last week, late night host Stephen Colbert suggested on Twitter that perhaps Cardi B should deliver the rebuttal to Trump's State of the Union address. His proposal earned the support of 114,000 users. 

The Polk County Democrats have, in the past, invited prominent liberals such as Beto O'Rouke to speak in Des Moines. Bagniewski recognized that there's a slim chance Cardi B will respond (as of Wednesday evening, she hasn't) but he said the group had to at least try. 

"Stranger things have happened," he said. "She speaks to the new activism in the Democratic Party ... It's a long shot, but a little bit of her presence would go a long way."

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