LOS ANGELES (CBS SF & AP) — President Donald Trump is firing back at Snoop Dogg days after the release of a music video in which the rapper points a toy gun at a clown dressed like Trump and pulls the trigger.
Trump tweeted Wednesday morning: “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!”
The video for a remix of the song “Lavender” by Canadian electronic dance group BADBADNOTGOOD with guest appearances from Snoop and Kaytranada was released this past weekend.
It includes a scene that shows the rapper pulling the trigger on a toy gun aimed at a clown dressed as President Trump.
Snoop Dogg is getting criticized over the video.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio told TMZ that Snoop went too far in the video.
“You gotta be very careful about that, because the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea it can be a real problem,” said Sen. Rubio. “So I’m not sure what Snoop was thinking. He should think about that a little bit.”.
As far as whether the scene in the video constitutes an actual threat, KPIX 5 political analyst Melissa Caen said it doesn’t appear to cross the legal line.
“You really need to show there’s a plan or that you’re specifically asking people to do something before it’s a problem,” said Caen.
The video doesn’t includes other clowns in addition to the one clown dressed as the president, something Snoop made note of in an interview with Billboard magazine Sunday.
“It’s a lot of clown s–t going on that we could just sit and talk on the phone all day about,” said Snoop in the interview. “But it’s a few issues that we really wanted to lock into [for the video] police, the pres