Rapper Cardi B's former AP Government teacher Joan Hill took to Facebook to defend her former student, whose pointed commentary on recent political developments––such as the government shutdown––made headlines (and made her the target of criticism) in the last few weeks.
“For those of you on my feed who are trashing Cardi B for representing a political voice,” she wrote, “she probably scored higher than you on the US History Regents exam and was in my AP govt class.”
Hill then went on to list several reasons why her former student's opinions shouldn't be silenced, including: "She has a national platform and is using it to talk about things that are important... why can't we respect that?"
Cardi’s former history teacher dragging the girls on Facebook. 😭 https://t.co/vYDtNYp7Xm— Fan Account (@Fan Account)1549145426.0
Many praised Hill for defending her former student.
@BardiUpdatess I'm sure loving this. That's my kind of teacher. 💯— Evelyn Lockhart (@Evelyn Lockhart)1549269980.0
@BardiUpdatess We should all be grateful to teachers like JoAn Hill who obviously instills a passion for learning i… https://t.co/LpXgGq8Dxk— Jeane Willis (@Jeane Willis)1549293629.0
@BardiUpdatess A prime example of people judging a book by its cover. You better open it and read the table of contents. 💣— Candy Hall (@Candy Hall)1549282864.0
@BardiUpdatess Yasssss she taught me also, LOVE MS. HILL ❤️❤️❤️ she stans for allll her kids she taught. Don’t play with her 😂— M.BOOGIE 🧡 (@M.BOOGIE 🧡)1549248381.0
Cardi B has spoken highly of Hill, telling CBS in December 2018 that Hill continues to inspire her even now years after leaving high school.
"I know that she's strict, but every single day until this day of my life, Ms. Hill was always in my head," she said at the time.
Denise Reyes, another of Hill's former students, told The Daily Dot that the message indeed came from Hill, who regularly pushed her students to succeed.
“I think a lot of us were pretty scared of her if we didn’t do our homework or have our notes ready for class," she said. "She would yell at us. But we all know it came from a good place. Ms. Hill wanted all of us to succeed, she always made that known.”
Hill's defense comes after Cardi B made a widely seen Instagram video criticizing President Donald Trump's proposal for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a proposal that kicked off the longest government shutdown in history after he and Congress reaching a stalemate over funding the project.
“This shit is crazy,” she said in the video. “Like, our country is a hellhole right now, all for a fucking wall. And we really need to take this serious.”
The video soon went viral, making the rapper a target for President Donald Trump's supporters, including Fox News personality Tomi Lahren, who referred to her as "the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats."
Looks like @iamcardib is the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats. HA! Keep it up, guys! #MAGA2020— Tomi Lahren (@Tomi Lahren)1547693176.0
Cardi B soon responded:
Leave me alone I will dog walk you . https://t.co/FjqIzpUbvp— iamcardib (@iamcardib)1547973773.0
Cardi B has spoken out against the president before. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, she participated in a video along with Hillary Clinton to read a portion of Fire and Fury, journalist Michael Wolf's insider account of the Trump administration.
"Why am I even reading this sh*t? I can't believe this. I can't believe — this is how he really lives his life?" she said at the time.
She has also expressed support for former NFL football player Colin Kaepernick, whose decision to kneel in protest against police brutality and the inequities faced by people color have made him a regular target of the president's.
On Friday, Cardi B revealed she turned down the opportunity to perform at last night's Super Bowl to "stand behind" Kaepernick.
My husband, he loves football. His kids play football. It’s really hard for him. …He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can’t go to the Super Bowl, because he’s got to stand for something,” she said. “You have to sacrifice that. I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him.”