American rapper Cardi B took to Twitter Tuesday to praise Sen. Bernie Sanders to her nearly 6.4 million followers—citing Sanders' long-term commitment to human rights—and lament the country had "let him down" in the 2016 election:
I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I’m really sad how we let him down in 2016 This man been fighting for equal rights,HUMAN rights for such along time.Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) July 16, 2019
The Independent senator from Vermont was quick to thank her, replying:
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 16, 2019
Briahna Joy Gray, Sanders' national press secretary, also responded:
This is not the first time Cardi B has lent her support to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. She supported Sanders in the 2016 presidential primaries and a video of her saying, "Vote for Daddy Bernie, bitch" went viral.
Sanders and Cardi B also aligned over Social Security rights in 2018 when Sanders tweeted support for her position: "Cardi B is right. If we are really going to make America great we need to strengthen Social Security so that seniors are able to retire with the dignity they deserve."