Chuck D slams the Trumps, defends ‘Black Lives Matter
(CNN) – Rapper Chuck D slammed Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, in an interview with CNN’s Carol Costello Tuesday, calling the presumptive Republican nominee “stupid” for saying that the “Black Lives Matter” movement has in some cases instigated police shootings.
“I’m a musician so I can say things like ‘he’s stupid,'” Chuck D said when asked about Trump’s most recent criticism of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. “And this convention is stupid for having him. How about that? He’s out of his mind.”
He also addressed the allegations that Melania Trump’s Republican convention speech plagiarized portions of future first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic convention speech.
“In hip hop … the biggest travesty is to bite somebody’s lyrics and rhymes,” Chuck D said. “His wife just bit Michelle — the first lady’s speech and I think they planned it,” he said.
The Trump campaign has denied that the speech contained plagiarized portions. A request for comment from the Trump campaign was not immediately returned.
Chuck, who rose to fame in the 80’s as part of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, has been addressing institutional racism in his music for decades. He traveled to the site of the Republican National Convention as part of the Prophets of Rage music group, which features Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, DJ Lord and rapper B-Real from Cypress Hill.