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Rapper Cardi B snapped back at a Republican congressman on Thursday after he decried her more than month-old performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards during a speech from the House floor, saying it was "inconsistent with basic decency" and should have been censored by the FCC.
The speech from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Republican from Wisconsin, was a return to the raging culture wars surrounding Cardi B and Megan thee Stallion's "Wap" — which stands for "wet a** pussy" — a song that conservative pundits and legislators alike pounced on as a sign of what they see as, in Grothman's words, the "moral decline of America."
But Cardi B, a Grammy Award-winning artist, was quick to strike back on Twitter, telling the congressman that there were bigger things that he should be worried about — namely, a spate of high-profile police killings and the subsequent nationwide protests over police violence.
"I think we all been on the edge this week since we seen police brutality back to back including watching one of the biggest case in history go down DUE to police brutality," the "WAP" singer wrote. "But wait ! This is wat state representative decide to talk about."
It was the latest media misstep from Grothman, who has made a career out of strange statements going back all the way to his days in the Wisconsin state Senate.
In a 2010 speech, Grothman, who was at the time embroiled in a contentious Republican primary, said a "war on men" was destroying America, and that "gals" have an unfair advantage at work in the form of undeserved promotions. Though, "in the long run, a lot of women like to stay at home and have their husbands be the primary breadwinner." In 2014, he led a campaign against the weekend, saying that taking days off from work was "goofy" and "a little ridiculous," while promoting the idea that "all sorts of people want to work seven days a week."
He's also a staunch supporter of voter ID laws and other restrictive voting measures, like the slate of reforms recently passed in Georgia, and let slip in 2016 that he believes these measures will help the GOP win elections in the long term. More recently, Grothman made a bizarre local television appearance on St. Patrick's Day to talk about the Marxist and "anti-family" roots of the Black Lives Matter Movement — all while wearing a discount-store sparkly green top hat.
Rather than focusing on pop culture, Cardi B also suggested in a later tweet that the Wisconsin congressman should be paying attention to his own state, and using his platform to demand justice for Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot and paralyzed by a white officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The "Bodak Yellow" rapper also called on U.S. voters to stop "giving seats to F***** IDIOTS" and blamed Republicans for the lack of justice for the victims of police brutality.
"This is why people gotta vote, elect better people cause you got these dum a**es representing states."
This gets me so mad ya don’t even know! I think we all been on the edge this week since we seen police brutality ba… https://t.co/C7oW4ujRqY— iamcardib (@iamcardib)1619106787.0
With the purchase of the three-bedroom, five-bedroom beachfront condo in swanky Palm Beach, which is colloquially known as "Billionaire's Row," Hannity joins a number of conservative firebrands who have decamped south to Florida — including fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Newsmax owner Chris Ruddy, former Republican presidential candidate turned "Borat 2" star Rudy Giuliani, and commentators Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro. The late conservative radio star Rush Limbaugh and the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes were also residents of Palm Beach prior to their deaths.
Hannity bought the home on April 15, according to The Palm Beach Post, the outlet which first reported the sale. He spent more than $1 million more in the off-market deal than the previous owners paid despite the fact that they were only in possession of the condo for about a month.
It's a part of "The Residences at Sloans Curve," which sits 2.7 miles away from Mar-a-Lago. The property has 5,086 square feet of living space and includes a private pool and two-car garage, The Post reported, citing property records. The development also features a gym, tennis courts, multiple community pools and 24-hour staff.
Hannity is well known as a prolific real estate investor, whose more than $90 million real-estate empire was revealed after a 2018 investigation by The Guardian found that he owned at least 870 homes in seven states. Many of those properties were owned by shell companies connected to Hannity — and some were even purchased with help from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a fact which he failed to disclose when publicly criticizing former President Barack Obama's handling of the foreclosure crisis. In contrast, the Fox News host repeatedly praised Ben Carson, the former HUD secretary under Trump, on his show.
A spokeswoman for Fox News and Hannity declined a request for comment from The Post regarding the townhouse deal.
President Donald Trump on Thursday weighed in on the topic of racist rants.
One day after LeBron James weighed in on the fatal police shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant in Ohio, Trump lashed out at the basketball legend.
James deleted a tweet with a picture of Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon with the text "YOU'RE NEXT" and the hashtag #accountability, complete with the hourglass emoji.
"LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League. His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning. He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!" Trump unironically said in a statement released through his political action committee.
James explained why he deleted the tweet.
ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger… https://t.co/NkW6ZGJSN6— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1619047341.0
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create m… https://t.co/aP2xoizYEk— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1619047885.0
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