Donald Trump Criticizes Snoop Dogg for ‘Lavender’ Music Video Featuring Mock Assassination

President Donald Trump addressed Snoop Dogg’s controversial “Lavender” music video on social media Wednesday morning (Mar. 15, 2017).

Released on Monday, the music video for Snoop Dogg’s Nightfall remix of BadBadNotGood’s track featuring Kaytranada shows the rapper firing a toy gun at the head of a clown named Ronald Klump, who resembles Trump. Snoop’s lyrics discuss police brutality and racial profiling, and he later told Billboard that he wanted to make a song that was not controversial but “real to the voice of people who don’t have a voice.”

“The whole world is clownin’ around,” said Snoop, “and [director] Jesse [Wellens]‘ concept is so right on point with the art direction and the reality, because if you really look at some of these motherf**kers, they are clowns.”

Amid the release of two pages from his tax return via Rachel Maddow, Trump issued a statement regarding the video on Twitter.

“Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama?” wrote Trump. “Jail time!”

On Tuesday, Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen told TMZ that Snoop owes the president an apology and Ted Cruz echoed his outraged sentiments on Wednesday, saying that it was in “poor taste to be making fun of murdering someone, and in particular, assassinating the president.”

“We have a really sad history in this country of attempted and successful assassinations, and it’s irresponsible for a musician or artist to encourage murdering the president,” Cruz told TMZ. “I think it’s unfortunate and I wish he hadn’t done that.”

Watch the video in question at the top of the page.