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Bernie Sanders: Cardi B knows what’s up

Two weeks ago she dropped her highly anticipated debut album, Invasion of Privacy, and performed on Saturday Night Live. This week she got a shout-out from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Such is life when you’re Cardi B, the Bronx rapper who shot to stardom with her megahit Bodak Yellow.

Cardi’s initial statement came as part of an April 9 GQ profile, wherein she told a reporter that she loves political science and government, and is particularly enamored of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, also known as FDR, for his work establishing Social Security as part of the New Deal. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law in August 1935.

Here’s Cardi on FDR, from the GQ story:

“He’s the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.”

Fast-forward to this week, when Sanders quoted (well, quote tweeted) Cardi B, saying she was right when she spoke out about Social Security. (No, I don’t think he read the GQ profile.)

He then followed up with a tweet thanking the rapper for drawing attention to the topic, and reiterated in a video that he thought she was spot-on re: Social Security.

Cardi, who responded on Instagram, was v excited about the senator’s mention.

Oooooommmmmmggggg?????BERNIE SANDERS!!!

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has his own spider: Spintharus berniesandersi

Not a joke.

A female Bernie Sanders spider in profile. (Credit: Agnarsson Lab)

Via The Washington Post:

Spintharus berniesandersi, named after Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., lives in Cuba. It is small and lemon-yellow and barely a millimeter wide. On the spider’s back is an ornate pattern halfway between a distorted smiley face and grimace.


Four University of Vermont undergraduates, with the guidance of biologist Ingi Agnarsson, identified Spintharus berniesandersi. The students also found 14 other new spider species, which they named after political figures (Obama got his 10th species; Michelle Obama her first), artists (singer David Bowie’s second spider) and celebrities (naturalist David Attenborough, his umpteenth).


“We don’t mean this to be a political paper. We decided to honor the people who we think are doing the right thing,” Agnarsson, a spider expert at the University of Vermont, told The Washington Post.

Also, there’s this:

A few identifying traits arose as the (Caribbean) islands drifted apart. Some of the spiders had complete smiles on their backs, one with “a very distinct, clownlike smiley face with a white nose,” Agnarsson said. Also, their genital structure had evolved rapidly, probably another barrier against interbreeding. (Why spider genitals change so quickly is a matter of “long and deep scientific debate,” Agnarsson said, but could reflect an evolutionary arms race between male and female spiders.)

Wow. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Bernie Sanders: Not president, but got a spider named after him. You win some, you lose some.

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