On Sunday, Rapper Snoop Dogg released a new music video featuring a bunch of people dressed as clowns, including one that is meant to represent President Donald Trump. In the video for “Lavender,” Snoop Dogg can be seen pointing a gun to the head of “Ronald Klump” and pulling the trigger. On Monday, a spokesperson for the Secret Service reportedly told TMZ that they were made aware of Snoop Dogg’s new video.
“A spokesperson for the president’s protective team tells us they were made aware of the video Monday. We’re told Secret Service honchos are aware of Snoop’s vid, but it’s unclear if there will be any further investigation into whether the rapper poses a real threat,” TMZ reported.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump himself made it public that he was also aware of the gag in Snoop’s new video.
“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.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, both former 2016 Republican Presidential candidates alongside Donald Trump, also spoke out against the video.
“We’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is really something we should be very careful about,” Rubio told TMZ. “The wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you can have a real problem.”
Cruz hadn’t seen the video but said that it was “in poor taste to be making fun of murdering someone, and in particular assassinating the president.”
Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen called the video “totally disgraceful.”
Cohen said people should “respect the office of the presidency.”
“It’s totally disgraceful,” he said. “Snoop owes the president an apology. There’s absolutely nothing funny about an assassination attempt on a president.”
You can watch the video below: