Nicki Minaj, who has been at the heart of an explosive dispute for nearly a week, uploaded the phone numbers of two reporters to Instagram on Friday, provoking a barrage of threats from her followers.
This circumstance appeared to get controversial Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) excited and he used Twitter to propose that Minaj may serve as former President Donald Trump’s running mate in 2024, based on her capacity to take on reporters.
Trump/Minaj 2024 https://t.co/M7Zxqd6pYY
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 17, 2021
Trump has had a tense relationship with the media, referring to reporters who uncover embarrassing information about him or fact-check his statements as “fake news.” Gaetz, a devout Trump supporter who is currently under federal investigation for allegedly participating in a sex trafficking conspiracy, has taken aim at the media, including Fox News.
Minaj’s target reporters, Sharlene Rampersad of The Guardian and James Fielding of The Daily Mail, have been trying to hunt down members of Minaj’s family in order to substantiate her controversial tweet on Monday saying she was doubtful of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it and became impotent,” wrote Minaj. “His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding,” Minaj tweeted.
Attempts to locate Minaj’s cousin or friend have proven fruitless, and the Trinidadian Health Ministry has emphasized that no such adverse occurrence has been reported to them.
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Dr. Raven “the Science Maven” Baxter, an award-winning science educator, molecular biologist, and lyricist, provided rapper Nicki Minaj with an opportunity to promote the efficacy of COVID-19 immunizations this week through their shared love of hip-hop music.
“I’m an educator … but I’m also a rapper,” Baxter told Yahoo News. “Music has always been a means to deliver a message, and it doesn’t stop at science.”
Minaj’s invitation came after the 10-time Grammy nominee expressed reservations about being vaccinated ahead of the Met Gala in New York City on Monday.
“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met,” Minaj tweeted on Monday. “If I get vaccinated it won’t [be] for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one.”
Support for Minaj’s vaccine doubt poured in after the sequence of tweets. Fans of the rapper gathered outside the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, accusing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease specialist, of lying about the vaccines’ efficacy.
However, the backlash was fast, with Minaj engaging in many Twitter spats with users, including MSNBC host Joy Reid, who chastised the rapper for not encouraging her 22 million Twitter followers to “protect themselves and save their lives” by being vaccinated.