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READ: Cardi B’s Former AP Government Teacher Joan Hill Writes on Facebook ‘She Has a National Platform and Is Using It…STFU and Take a Seat’

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - DECEMBER 21: Cardi B performs as part of Electric Holiday Concert at Puerto Rico Convention Center on December 21, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Gladys Vega/Getty Images)

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?”

Many praised Hill for defending her former student.

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.”

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