In a new music video, rapper Snoop Dogg pulls the trigger of a toy gun on a person depicted as President Donald Trump in clown make-up, prompting a Twitter reaction by the president.
In the video for the track, titled "BADBADNOTGOOD," Snoop Dogg fires a toy pistol at a clown version of Trump, which does nothing but fire a small flag with the word "BANG!" on it.
But Trump didn't find the video very humorous.
"Can you imagine what the outcry would be if [Snoop Dogg], failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!" Trump tweeted.
And Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, jumped into the fray by blasting Snoop Dogg on the celebrity gossip news site, TMZ.
"It's totally disgraceful. Snoop owes the president an apology," he 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'm not really sure I understand the artistic value to having somebody dress up as Trump and firing a weapon at him. I certainly would not have accepted it if it was President Obama. I certainly don't accept it as President Trump, and in all fairness, it's not funny, it's not artistic."
He continued: "If you have a protest, that's fine. Make a point. But he has to learn that they have to respect the office of the presidency ... Just because you want to hide behind the guise of artistic capabilities or artistic freedom of speech doesn't make it right, and Snoop knows that, and he played very close to the line here. Shame on you, Snoop. You should be better than that, that's for sure."
In an interview with Billboard, Snoop Dogg criticized the president for his policies and his encouragement of institutionalized racism in police departments and drug laws across the country:
The ban that this m*****f***** tried to put up; him winning the presidency; police being able to kill m*****f****** and get away with it; people being in jail for weed for 20, 30 years and m*****f****** 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 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.