"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 wrote on his Twitter account.
Snoop Dogg's satirical video for "Lavender" makes references to
issues including immigration and the police killings of unarmed
black men, and features characters dressed as clowns including
one called Ronald Klump.
Towards the end, the rapper points a fake handgun at the head of
the Trump-like character and the replica weapon releases a flag
In an interview earlier this week with celebrity website TMZ,
Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, called the video
"totally disgraceful" and said the musician owed Trump an
"There is absolutely nothing funny about an assassination
attempt on a president," Cohen said. "I certainly would not have
accepted it if it was President (Barack) Obama. I certainly
don't accept it as President Trump, and in all fairness, it's
not funny, it's not artistic."
The video has also drawn criticism from U.S. Republican Senators
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Rubio, who has spoken of being a fan of hip hop music, said that
because of America's history of assassinations "anything like
that is something people should be really careful about."
"I think people can disagree on policy, but we've got to be
careful about that kind of thing because the wrong person sees
that and gets the wrong idea and you could have a real problem,"
Rubio told TMZ.
California rapper Snoop Dogg, 45, told Billboard he saw Trump as
The video, released on Sunday, was intended to address police
violence, the incarceration of black people and Trump's bid to
impose a temporary ban on people entering the United States from
several Muslim-majority countries.
"I feel like itís a lot of people making cool records, having
fun, partying, but nobodyís dealing with the real issue with
this .... clown as president," the musician said.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Frances Kerry)
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