President Trump and Nancy Pelosi are clashing over the government shutdown (now 33 days and the longest in U.S. history), using the State of the Union (and the fate of immigrants and 800,000 paychecks) as leverage. Pelosi, being the petty queen we know and love, effectively
canceled the January 29th event
after Trump dared her to, refusing to give him permission to have the speech at the House, its traditional locale, until the government reopens. Trump is now "
exploring other venues
," but it's unclear if we'll hear a speech at all.
I mean, I guess it would be nice to have a State of the Union, if only to provide a nod towards sanity and order. However, that nod would be a complete and utter lie, so maybe it would be fitting for the White House to skip it this year.
Luckily Stephen Colbert is stepping in to try to lock down something we'd
rather hear. The late night host posted a petition on Twitter this morning, to let Cardi B offer an official response to Trump's State of the Union. He requests people "sign" by retweeting the post.
Cardi B has been establishing herself as unapologetically frank voice on politics. Colbert's request to hear the rapper go in on Trump arrives after she weighed in on the government shutdown last week. She summed up the situation: "bitch I'm scared."