President Trump has weighed in on the controversial new music video showing the rapper Snoop Dogg aiming a gun at a clown that depicts him.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s response comes just days after the release of the video for the remix of “Lavender,” a song by the artist BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada that features Snoop Dogg.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was among the first to criticize 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.”
Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, told TMZ Snoop should apologize.
“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.”
“I certainly would not have accepted it if it was President Obama,” Cohen added.
In the past few months, Trump has repeatedly sparked national firestorms by picking fights with prominent cultural figures, including Meryl Streep and the hit musical “Hamilton.”
During the 2016 campaign, Trump himself faced a backlash for suggesting gun enthusiasts could be able to stop Hillary Clinton from taking away their Second Amendment rights.
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish — the Second Amendment,” the Republican nominee said at a rally in Wilmington, N.C., in August. “And if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do.”
Trump added: “But the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”
“What Trump is saying is dangerous,” the Clinton campaign responded in a statement at the time. “A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
Snoop, for his part, told Billboard that he wasn’t looking to provoke a reaction with the video.
“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,” he said. “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.”