Trump’s Lawyer Says Snoop Dogg ‘Owes the President an Apology’ for ‘Lavender’ Video
First, Senator Marco Rubio suggested that Snoop Dogg's new video, in which he shoots a clown impersonating Donald Trump, was going to encourage people to assassinate the president.
Now, Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, has told TMZ that Snoop should apologize to the president for the video.
“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.”
The video is actually a commentary on social justice issues-- specifically police violence and state sanctioned terrorism on black bodies. The video was directly inspired by the death of Philando Castile, who was killed by a police officer last summer, sparking outrage and protests across the nation.
Trump, who has a long history of using racist language, particularly to rile up his base during the campaign, has repeatedly said he wants to ramp up police presence in black communities, going as far as to suggest a return of the racist policy, Stop & Frisk and threatening to send the feds to Chicago.
In the video, directed by Jesse Wellens, Michael Rapaport plays a clown who ends up being shot by a police officer, in a scene reminiscent to the death of Castile. There’s also a clown made to look like Donald Trump, who Snoop shoots once he catches up to him.
"[I was] making a song that was not controversial but real -- real to the voice of the people who don’t have a voice," Snoop said of the video, according to Billboard. "It’s not like [Jesse] told me to make a record to express what I’m expressing on the song, but there were certain things that he said that brought that feeling, to make me want to express that when I was writing."
He went on to express the video's relevancy.
"The whole world is clownin’ around, and [Jesse’s] concept is so right on point with the art direction and the reality, because if you really look at some of these motherf---ers, they are clowns," he said.
Trump's lawyer, however, says he doesn't understand the point of the clip.
“I’m not really sure I understand the artistic value to having somebody dress up as Trump and firing a weapon at him,” Cohen added. “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 then said Snoop should be ashamed.
“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.”
He went on to suggest that Snoop should join the president's diversity coalition if he has problems with Trump. Seriously.
Watch the video that has Trump's camp in a tizzy below.