Snoop Dogg, an early figure in California gangsta rap who has mellowed in recent years, this week released a video pegged to the release of his album “Lavender” in which most actors are clowns.
One clown — unmistakably a parody of Trump, sporting bouffant hair and a red tie that dangles below the waist — gesticulates wildly at the podium of “The Clown House.”
The clown puts his hands up as if under arrest as Snoop Dogg draws a pistol, with a flag popping out that says “Bang!”
“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 Twitter. Snoop Dogg was one of the leading rappers of the 1990s with hits such as “What’s My Name?” and “Gin & Juice.”
In recent years, he has shed his gangsta image, branching out into reggae, starring in multiple television series and pursuing a marijuana business. Trump won last year’s election despite widespread antipathy from the entertainment world.
Snoop Dogg told Billboard he was not looking for a reaction with the video.
“I just put it out because I feel like it’s something that’s missing,” he said.
“Any time I drop something, I’m trying to fill in a void. 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, and the sh*t that we dealing with out here, so I wanted to take time out to push pause on a party record and make one of these records for the time being.”
The President’s argument against the artist is similar to that made in a video by conspiracy theorist platform Infowars, a website with which he has long-running links.
It is not known if the President watched the video. The founder of Infowars, Alex Jones, claimed last month that the President still calls him for advice.
The President has often taken to Twitter to respond to criticism from celebrities, including Meryl Streep, Arnold Schwarzenegger and even the cast of Broadway musical Hamilton.