Chuck D Says Older Politicians Should Make Way For Younger Generation

Chuck D Says Older Politicians Should Make Way For Younger Generation

The Public Enemy founder joked that septuagenarian presidential candidates have little time left.

Published July 2nd

Written by BET Staff

Hip-Hop legend and Public Enemy frontman Chuck D says that young people should take the lead in the political spectrum because the current leadership is running out of time.

Speaking with TMZ Live, the legendary social protest rapper shared his thoughts on the 2020 election and the social unrest of the past couple of months and says the older leadership, many of whom are well past retirement age should leave things open for a younger generation.

“What future can three septugenarians running for the president of the United States, what future can you be talking about?” he said, joking about the current candidates. “You’re playing with five to 10 years. 

“When a person is 22 years old and you got the dude who is president is 75, the guy who is running and has got the best shot, he’s 77 and Bernie Sanders, I loved his ideas but he’s 79...seriously, you can’t be talking about a future.”

The presumptive Democratic and Republican nominees for the 2020 presidential election are among the older members of the Baby Boomer generation. President Trump actually turned 74 on June 14 and former vice president Joe Biden is 77 and turns 78 November 20.

“Math is real, man,” said Chuck D. “If it was a basketball game, they’re in the ending seconds of their final quarter. Anything after 80 is overtime.”

Chuck D is reuniting with PE hype man asnd co-founder Flavor Flav and producer DJ Premeir for Public Enemy’s new track “State of the Union (STFU),” which takes particular aim at President Trump and talks about how he feels America is now seen around the world.

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