In a what seems to be a rather odd sort of alliance, one of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (VT) most prominent celebrity supporters and surrogates is rapper Cardi B, who shares many of Sanders’ progressive ideals and has used her massive social media following to promote his candidacy, as Politico reported back in August.
Sanders may eventually come to regret aligning himself so closely with the fiery rap artist, however, as Cardi B was compelled to appear in court on Tuesday for a hearing related to felony assault charges she is facing from a 2018 brawl in a strip club, according to Breitbart.
Felony assault case
The hearing on Tuesday, for which the Grammy Award-winning and fashion-conscious artist showed up decked out in a feathery black coat and wide-brimmed hat, revolved around efforts by her attorneys to obtain various social media posts and other communications between her alleged victims in the incident.
The purpose of obtaining the communications is to determine if some sort of conspiratorial plot had been hatched prior to the assault’s occurrence.
WABC in New York City reported that Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, stands accused of felony assault that stem from an August 2018 fight at Angels Strip Club that involved the rapper, members of her entourage, and a bartender who was accused of having an affair with the rapper’s husband.
Cardi B and her entourage were alleged to have thrown glass bottles and other things at the bartender and her friends, and the rapper — who turned down an initial misdemeanor “no-jail” plea bargain deal — has pleaded not guilty to the grand jury-upgraded felony assault charges.
The rapper’s attorneys stated their concern in court on Tuesday that both Facebook and Instagram had refused their subpoenas for materials on the alleged victims’ phones, which they believe will undermine the charges against their client.
Cardi B did not make any statements during the hearing, aside from whispering to her attorneys at one point.
“We believe she’s innocent, and so we’re investigating all aspects,” one of the rapper’s lawyers, Drew Findling, said to the media after the hearing.
The next hearing in Cardi B’s case is scheduled for Jan. 17, though it was noted that the rapper is not required to make an appearance.
It is interesting, to say the least, that this foul-mouthed millionaire rap artist and the grumpy old socialist senator who wants to soak the rich to pay for unattainable progressive policy ideals have aligned themselves together.
It will be even more interesting to see what will become of their alliance if Cardi B is found guilty of felony assault and whether Sanders will drop her as a close surrogate or stand in support of the convicted felon with a bad attitude.