Chrisette Michele has taken plenty of heat for performing at Donald Trump's inauguration. Questlove offered to pay her NOT to perform, Spike Lee vowed to banish her music from his Netflix series "Black Girl Magic," and her family has disowned her.

Michele has already defended her actions in an open letter and a new song, "No Political Genius." She spoke extensively on the inauguration in a new interview with The Breakfast Club Wednesday morning.

"I needed them to see us," Michele she explained to Charlamagne tha God. "I needed them to see what we have to say, what we look like, how we talk. With the entire campaign experience I think many of us were wondering, 'Who is he talking to?' You would hear something and you would say, 'Why does he think it's OK to talk to 'us' like that?' So I needed him to see what 'us' looks like because I was as confused as everybody else."

Watch the full interview below.