US president Donald Trump suggested that Snoop Dogg be arrested after using a fake gun to pretend to shoot at him in one of his new music videos.
“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!” wrote Trump on Twitter.
The artist was criticized for using a toy to pretend-shoot at a Trump-like character in his most recent music video. When shot, the gun released a banner with one word on it: “bang”.
The President’s non-governmental, personal lawyer, one Michael Cohen, said to TMZ that he had been “shocked” by Snoop’s video.
“It’s totally disgraceful. Snoop owes the president an apology,” Cohen said.
“There’s absolutely nothing funny about an assassination attempt on a president, and I’m really shocked at him, because I thought he was better than that.”
Marco Rubio, Florida senator, said of the video: “If the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you could have a real problem. Snoop shouldn’t have done that.”
“We’ve had presidents assassinated before… so anything like that is something people should be really careful about.”
Snoop Dogg Reaction
Snoop Dogg said to Billboard that he hadn’t been looking for any sort of reaction as a result of the video.
“I just put it out because I feel like it’s something that’s missing,” he stated.
“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 f***ing clown as President, and the sh*t that we dealing with out here, so I wanted to take time out to push pause on a party record and make one of these records for the time being.”
The President’s dispute against Snoop is reminiscent of arguments made in one video by Infowars, a platform for conspiracy theorists. Trump has long-term links with the site.