After releasing the music video for his latest song “Lavender — a remix to the BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada song — Snoop Dogg got the internet talking thanks to a scene that features him pulling a fake gun on a President Donald Trump look-alike.
In the music video, the 45-year-old rapper can be seen pointing the prop weapon at a man who is dressed like Trump and wearing clown makeup. Snoop Dogg fires the gun, revealing a flag with the word “Bang.” While some have enjoyed the imagery, Senator Marco Rubio is not a fan.
The senator said he could understand people having their differences, but he did not like that the rapper joked about an assassination. “Snoop shouldn’t of done that,” he told TMZ. “We’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country so anything like that is really something we should be really careful about.”
While Rubio didn’t have a problem with people disagreeing about policies, he was worried about the way Snoop’s video could negatively influence someone. “We gotta be very careful about that kind of thing because the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you can have a real problem.”
The Florida senator is no stranger to hip-hop and has made his love for the genre known in the past. Although he may have issues with Snoop Dogg’s newest music video, Rubio considers himself a fan of west coast rap. “I was more of a west coast fan, I guess, during that time. That distinction’s gone away now,” he said during an appearance on “Meet the Press.”
Rubio has also weighed in on the classic Tupac Shakur vs. The Notorious B.I.G. debate, choosing Pac as his favorite. “I think Tupac’s lyrics were more insightful, in my opinion, with all apologies to the Biggie fans,” he told BuzzFeed News.