How Snoop Dogg's Latest Video Rallied Republicans Around Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is in yet another celebrity feud. But this time, top Republican legislators are backing The Donald's spat with rapper Snoop Dogg.

On Sunday, Snoop released the video for 'Lavender (Nightfall Remix)', a rework of a track originally performed by BADBADNOTGOOD and Kaytranada. The video features Snoop rapping in a world where everyone is a clown - including the president, who wears orange face paint and a Trump wig. Midway through the video, The Doggfather draws a gun on the clownish caricature of President Trump. 

The video predictably drew the ire of President Trump, who vented about it earlier today on Twitter, insulting the rapper's career and suggesting that he would face jail time if he had treated former President Barack Obama the same way in a video.

But unlike The Donald's previous tiffs with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep and other celebrities, top Republican legislators are backing him up in his feud with Snoop.

Florida Senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio criticized the video before Trump commented on it. "Snoop shouldn't have done that," Senator Rubio told TMZ on Monday. "We've had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is something people should really careful about."

TMZ also tracked down Texas Senator Ted Cruz, another of Trump's former rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.  

"I think it really is in poor taste to be making fun of murdering someone, and particularly assassinating the president," Senator Cruz said. "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. I think anyone reasonable or responsible should be disagreeing with the video."

So the video arguably backfired by doing the impossible - rallying Republicans around Trump in a celebrity feud.

But not everyone has sided with Trump against Snoop. Yesterday, rappers Ice T and Treach spoke out in support of Snoop, calling the video "artistic" and suggesting that Trump brings this sort of criticism upon himself through his belligerent behavior. Check it out.

h/t Rolling Stone



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