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A Timeline of Cardi B & Candace Owens' Political Debate

With the Nov. 3 presidential election coming up, Cardi B and politically conservative commentator Candace Owens have launched into a debate of their own.

Owens went on The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday (Sept. 6) to discuss how the rapper's interview with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for Elle on Aug. 17 was "pandering" to Black American voters by appealing to their music taste. But Cardi fought back on Twitter and Instagram with claims that as one of the hottest rappers with a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "WAP" collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion last month, she had the right to use her platform to encourage her fans to vote and be politically active.

Billboard compiled a timeline of Cardi vs. Candace below.

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September 6, 2020: Owens slams Cardi on The Ben Shapiro Show, sparking a Twitter feud. And Cardi fires back in impromptu Instagram Live.

Owens tweeted a clip of her interview with fellow conservative commentator Ben Shapiro on his show Sunday, where she expressed their mutual disregard for Cardi following her No. 1 hit "WAP" and her interview with former Vice President Biden.

"If Black Americans aren't insulted by the fact that Joe Biden, who has been hiding in his basement for the entire year, made an appearance and came out because he was going to do an interview with Cardi B, do we have nothing better to offer?" the 31-year-old figure argued. "I mean, this would be akin to Donald Trump saying, 'I'm going to give no interviews,' but he came up and he decided to give an interview to Justin Bieber.... Justin Bieber, I am sorry, I know you are Christian and I don't want to put you in the same boat as Cardi B, but it would be absurd.... It's because you're pandering."

She proceeded to call the 27-year-old rapper "illiterate" by mimicking her signature "Okurr" catchphrase and claimed the interview with Biden was carefully handled to appeal to young Black American voters.

The two fired back at each other on Twitter all Sunday night, with Cardi (real name Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar) sharing a video of her sister Hennessy Carolina and her girlfriend being harassed by Trump supporters "because they are a Afro/Hispanic gay couple." The "WAP" rapper spoke on the incident further during an Instagram Live in response to Owens' The Ben Shapiro Show segment. "No matter how much money I make, no matter how hard I work, I can't be a f---ing free American. My sister can't be a f---ing free American. You got this f---ing Trump supporting family harassing two lesbians. The f---?" she argued.

"You're saying Joe Biden is pandering because he's using a popular figure like me," she continued. "But your president, the guy that you f---ing love so much, he panders as well too.... I'm gonna keep telling my millions of followers to vote until we get your president out of here."

And in an effort to have the last word, Owen filmed her own IG Live response video. "You continually keep saying you have a No. 1 song. It means s---," she said. "Nobody cares about a song about your 'wet a-- p---y.' Excuse my language for my followers... That has nothing to do with Black America and whether or not you are helping or hurting." She also listed demands for Cardi in her caption, including, "Stop using your platform to call for more black deaths. Stop lying about Trump. Stop supporting Joe Biden who supported segregation and the mass incarceration of black men."

September 7, 2020: Owens claims she "broke" Cardi with slam-dunk memes. 

The following day, Owens declared herself the champion of her feud with the "Bodak Yellow" rapper and decided to showcase her win on Twitter with a Michael Jordan meme captioned, "I broke @iamcardib." After one Twitter user supported Owens as the winner of the Twitter and Instagram battles by writing, "...she destroyed Cardi B. Total bodybag. Candace walked circles round her. RIP," the conservative commentator played along and tweeted, "To those asking— no, I was not invited to speak at Cardi B’s funeral."

September 9, 2020: Owens continues slamming Cardi on Tucker Carlson Tonight, but Cardi & co. pull out the receipts on Twitter. 

Fox News political TV host Tucker Carlson brought Owens as a guest on his show to discuss her fiery feud with the rapper, which she stoked the flames on TV once more.

"I did not mean it as an insult to Cardi B. If anything, it was me calling out the DNC and the Democrats for insulting Black America by platforming her and her nonsense and her ignorance as someone viable to give a sound interview to Joe Biden," she said, while continuing to critique her as "barely literate." "She could not obviously argue with me from an intellectual standpoint."

But the Grammy-winning artist and her Bardigang fanbase pulled out all the stops by showing years worth of Owens' tweets that proved "she been knew I was that girlllll ." In 2018, Owens revealed she's watched Cardi since her Love & Hip-Hop days and believed she would have a similar "freedom" mindset as Kanye West. Cardi also retweeted a fan who pulled out the receipts from last July when the two argued about the artist's support for Bernie Sanders, in which Owens claimed to offer $250,000 to a charity of Cardi's choosing if she could publicly debate her stance to her or any other Black conservative.

Lastly, she posted an image of Black Americans laying their hands on President Trump to exhibit the "pandering" Owens accused her of when she interviewed Biden in August. "I will never praise no politician not even Obama,FDR or Bernie ONLY THE LORD !This is how Trump panders with black people while Candice concerns how Joe panders with me," Cardi tweeted.