Donald Trump has taken a break from presidential duties to pick a fight with rapper Snoop Dogg over his latest music video.
The video released this week includes a scene in which Snoop Dogg pretends to shoot a clownlike character resembling Trump with a toy gun which fires a cartoon flag.
You can watch it for yourself and the scene causing controversy is at 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
The US President responded to the rapper on Twitter today, suggesting he should get “jail time” for the the video and, in his uniquely personal style, taking a dig at his “failing career”.
Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017
He hit back after Snoop Dogg failed to respond to a call by Trump’s personal lawyer for an apology.
Senior Republican party figures have also said the video is in “poor taste” given that four US Presidents have been assassinated.
“If the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you could have a real problem,” senator Marco Rubio told TMZ.
Snoop Dogg said he was trying to “fill a void” through the video for a remix of Lavender by Canadian group BadBadNotGood.
He told Billboard: “I feel like it’s a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody’s dealing with the real issue with this f***ing clown as President, and the sh*t that we dealing with out here, so I wanted to take time out to push pause on a party record and make one of these records for the time being.”
The video received a mixed review from fellow rapper Ice-T, who said he was “nervous” about the controversial scene.
“He’s messing with the line,” he said in an interview with TMZ. “We’ll see how this weighs out, but I roll with Snoop. I thought it was a good video.”
At very least it managed to make British politics look sensible again…