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Chuck D Encourages Inauguration Protesters
January 18th, 2017

The political climate in the United States right now is tumultuous to say the least, and Public Enemy's rhyme animal Chuck D has some words of wisdom for anyone who's worried about the next four years of far-right rule.

Chuck D spoke to Hip Hop DX about a number of topics related to President-Elect Trump, who assumes office this Friday. Chuck talked about comedian Steve Harvey, who recently met with Trump and agreed to work with his cabinet, and rapper T.I., who, like many other high profile hip hop artists, is staunchly anti-Trump and has been heavily critical of Harvey's meeting with the soon-to-be 45th President of America.

“The whole world should meet up with him [Trump] to keep this dude from going solo psycho on the planet,” Chuck D told HipHopDX, defending Harvey's actions. “I’m sure Steve Harvey is looking at him eye to eye and cheek to cheek, not on his knees. He’s stepping to him as a man, and expects him to be accountable and see what he’s doing for black folks. I wouldn’t step to him, but who’s to say Steve Harvey can’t?” Addressing T.I.'s criticisms of Harvey, Chuck also backed up the rapper, saying "At the end of the day, they’re on the same team—just a different position. We need people that can bark, especially in the rap community. Not every bark has a bite, but we at least need people that bark."

Chuck encouraged everyone who's anxious about President Trump to vocalize their dissatisfaction. "Protests on this inauguration is very admirable from the artist community, especially black folk, but to think we going to stay out of that conversation on what goes on in the White House is naive. We should be outside the White House gates protesting damn near every day."

You can read all of Chuck D's thoughts on the inauguration, Steve Harvey, and T.I., as well as his thoughts on why you should avoid internet comments sections, on Hip Hop DX here.

By Michael Lacerna for PublicEnemy.com