Public Enemy's Chuck D Defends Bernie Sanders Endorsement Following Flavor Flav's Objection

Public Enemy rapper Chuck D's endorsement of Bernie Sanders for president has caused a schism between him and former group member Flavor Flav over a campaign rally scheduled for Sunday in Los Angeles, Billboard reported--an issue that Chuck D addressed in a series of tweets.

"My Dad passing in 2016 and Granddaughter being born automatically put healthcare and childcare at the top of my brain. There ain't a candidate running that can answer to 3 Black struggling generations living in the same crib, same time. If y'all don't know THIS-it's a bad problem" the rapper stated, defending his endorsement of the Vermont senator.

On Friday, Flav sent a cease and desist letter to the Sanders campaign in response to a rally for the candidate using the rap group's name. Flav also took issue with Chuck D, accusing him of using the Public Enemy name as his own.

"While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy," the letter stated. "The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy. Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is, there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav."

In his tweets, Chuck D defended his political stance in endorsing Sanders and using his own platform to support the candidate. In one of the tweets, he addressed Flav's stance on the situation, attempting to bridge an understanding while providing more context to his follower base.

"So I don't attack FLAV on what he don't know. I gotta leave him at the crib so y'all trying to fill his persona with some political aplomb is absolutely 'stupid.' Obviously I understand his craziness after all this damn time. Duh you don't know him from a box of cigars or me either," Chuck D further explained in a tweet.

In another tweet, Chuck D wrote: "I dig aspects of Bern. Hate the party Bulsh-t. But can relate to half the issues & get forward. Use your minds & be ready to fight whoever in office. My rap bro@KillerMike is nice.I am not-Wake the f--k up get off your asses make yourself important where YOU live. This aint vodka."

Chuck D and Flavor Flav co-founded Public Enemy in 1985; Flav departed from the collective in 2009. The group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Newsweek had reached out to representatives of Chuck D, Flavor Flav and the Sanders campaign for comment Sunday.

Updated 5:44 PM ET, with Newsweek seeking comment from the aforementioned parties.

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