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Chuck D Clarifies Flavor Flav Stance and Sanders Support: ‘Time to Get Off My Ass’

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 12: Chuck D of Public Enemy Radio performs live on stage during the 'Gods of Rap' Tour at The SSE Hydro on May 11, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns) *** Local Caption *** Chuck D;

If you’re confused about where Public Enemy stands after four days of back-and-forth headlines about the iconic act performing at the upcoming Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles, Chuck D helped provide a little clarity on Sunday.

Over the series of a handful of tweets, Chuck D explained his support of both Sanders and Flavor Flav, with his political support for Sanders stemming from his desire for universal healthcare and childcare despite hating “the party Bulsht.”

As for Flavor Flav, Chuck D clarified that his bandmate’s opposition isn’t due to Sanders specifically (referencing Garth Brooks jersey confusion with “he don’t know the difference between BarrySanders or BernieSanders he don’t know either”) but that he doesn’t support any politician with his music.

In a legal statement, Chuck D’s attorney previously pointed out that the rapper owns the trademark for Public Enemy — so “Chuck could perform as Public Enemy if he ever wanted to” — but it seems clear that the rapper would rather “drive the smart car called EnemyRadio” until his longtime musical partner is in a position to be a part of Public Enemy again.

On Friday, Flavor Flav sent a cease and desist letter to the Sanders campaign, accusing them of using the Public Enemy name and “likeness, image and trademarked clock in promotional materials” without his permission.

“Sanders has promised to ‘Fight the Power’ with hip hop icons Public Enemy – but this Rap Icon will not be performing at the Sanders Rally,” the letter read. “To be clear Flav and, by extension, the Hall of Fame hip hop act Public Enemy with which his likeness and name have become synonymous has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle and any suggestion to the contrary is plainly untrue. The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading.”

Check out a portion of Chuck D’s Sunday tweets below.