President Trump responded to a controversial music video in which rapper Snoop Dogg aims a gun at a clown depicting him. In a tweet, Trump wrote, “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 response came a few days after the release of a video for “Lavender” by an artist who goes by the handle BADBADNOTGOOD and Kaytranada. The video features Snoop Dogg.
 
Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, called on Snoop Dogg to 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.
 
Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch filed a complaint on Tuesday with the Secret Service and the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, seeking a criminal investigation. 
 
“On behalf of Freedom Watch, Inc. and the concerned Americans who work with us, I write to the director of the Secret Service and the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia requesting that they initiate a criminal investigation and legal enforcement action of the entertainer known by his stage name ‘Snoop Dogg,'” Klayman wrote.
 
“The black rapper then pulls the trigger of the gun aimed at the president’s head and a flag with the word ‘bang’ then files out of the gun,” Klayman wrote. “This is then what this low-life tells the leftist media world, sucking up, for profit, to the hatred which has infested the entertainment industry and much of its customers: ‘I feel like it’s a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody dealing with the real issues with this f—– clown as a president… so I wanted to take time out to push pause on a party record and make one of these records for the time being.'”
 
Klayman said, “Snoop Dogg executes the president of the United States in effigy. The message is clearly to threaten the president over policies that he opposes and to encourage the assassination of the president. The message is that in the rapper’s view the president must be assassinated.”
 
He added, “It’s clear that he [the performer] would have already been arrested by the U.S. Secret Service were it not for his race.” He is demanding that Snoop Dogg and those who participated in the production and distribution of the offensive video should be indicted and tried for “calling for the assassination of President Trump.”
 
For his part, Snoop Dogg offered in a Billboard interview a list of his difficulties with the Trump administration. "The ban that this motherf–ker tried to put up; him winning the presidency; police being able to kill motherf–kers and get away with it," he said. "It’s a lot of clown s--- 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."



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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