Snoop Dogg's satirical music video for the "Lavender (Nightfall Remix)," his collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD and Kaytranada, has caught the attention of President Trump. Specifically, the scene when Snoop points a toy pistol at the character Ronald Klump's head, which shares an obvious likeness to Trump, and fires it to read "bang."
"Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama?," Trump Tweeted at 7 a.m. EST on Wednesday. "Jail time!"
Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017
Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, demands Snoop apologize. "There's absolutely nothing funny about an assassination attempt on a president," he told TMZ, "and I'm really shocked at him because I thought he was better than that." He adds, "I would not have accepted if it was President Obama," Cohen continued, "and I certainly don't accept it as President Trump."
Senator Marco Rubio also criticized the rapper. “Snoop shouldn’t have done that,” Rubio told TMZ. “We’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is really something we should be very careful about.” “I think people can disagree on policy,” Rubio added, “but we’ve got to be careful with that kind of thing, because the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you can have a real problem.”
Ahead of the video's release, Snoop told Billboard there were “a few issues that we really wanted to lock into [for the video] like police, the president and just life in general.”
“When I be putting s--t out, I don’t ever expect or look for a reaction,” he said. “I just put it out because I feel like it’s something that’s missing. Any time I drop something, I’m trying to fill in a void. I feel like it’s a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody’s dealing with the real issue with this [expletive] clown as president.”
Watch the video below: