The Sanders campaign had been using the group’s image and music during it’s rallies, which didn’t sit well with one of the group’s founding members, Flavor Flav.
Flav sent a cease and desist letter to the Sanders campaign. Flav’s cease and desist didn’t sit well with another of the group’s founding members, Chuck D, who is a Sanders supporter.
All of this lead to Flav’s firing from the group – Chuck D legally owns the Public Enemy name. Flav was thanked for his years of service and cut loose.
Wanting to set the record straight, Flav spoke with The Guardian, telling the outlet he doesn’t have a beef with Sanders, his issues are with Chuck D because D said they would perform at a Sanders event to which Flav didn’t agree with, “Why try to say I’m a part of something I’m not a part of? That was all Chuck D.”
Chuck D fired back on Twitter basically calling Flav out on his lack of knowledge about politics.
“My last straw was long ago,” he said on Twitter. “It’s not about Bernie with Flav … he don’t know the difference between. Barry Sanders or Bernie Sanders … So I don’t attack Flav on what he don’t know.”
Spoke @BernieSanders rally with @EnemyRadio. If there was a $bag, Flav would’ve been there front & center. He will NOT do free benefit shows. Sued me in court the 1st time I let him back in. His ambulance lawyer sued me again on Friday & so now he stays home & better find REHAB
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 2, 2020
Group member, Professor Griff, put in his two cents on the matter. Siding with neither Chuck nor Flav, Griff expressed his amazement that political alignment is the catalyst that has broken up one of music’s most influential anti-establishment groups.
A few years ago, Flav sued Chuck over unpaid earnings. The group was about to make a comeback until this latest incident.