Sen. Marco Rubio disapproves of Snoop Dogg’s new music video showing the rapper pretending to shoot President Trump.
The controversial video for “Lavender,” named after the original BADBADNOTGOOD collaboration featuring Kaytranada, shows Snoop Dogg pointing a toy gun at a clown dressed as Mr. Trump and pulling the trigger, causing a “BANG” flag to shoot from the barrel.
Mr. Rubio, who lost to Mr. Trump in the Republican primary campaign, told TMZ Monday that a presidential assassination is no laughing matter.
“Snoop shouldn’t have done that,” he said during an interview at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in D.C.
“We’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is really something people should be very careful about,” the Florida Republican said. “I think people could disagree on policy, but we got to be very careful about that kind of thing. Because [if] the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you could have a real problem.
“I’m not sure what Snoop was thinking,” he added. “He should think about that a little bit.”
Snoop Dogg told Billboard after the video’s release Sunday that the video is his response to the “clowns” in power who supposedly profit off the struggles of the black community.
“The whole world is clownin’ around,” he said. “The ban that this [expletive] tried to put up; him winning the presidency; police being able to kill [expletive] and get away with it; people being in jail for weed for 20, 30 years and [expletive] that’s not black on the streets making money off of it — but if you got color or ethnicity connected to your name, you’ve been wrongfully accused or locked up for it, and then you watching people not of color position themselves to get millions and billions off of it.
“It’s a lot of clown [expletive] going on that we could just sit and talk on the phone all day about, but it’s a few issues that we really wanted to lock into [for the video] like police, the president and just life in general,” he added.