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Sen. Marco Rubio criticizes Snoop Dogg for shooting a Trump-like clown in new video

Snoop Dogg (David Goldman / Associated Press)
Snoop Dogg (David Goldman / Associated Press)

Snoop Dogg shouldn't clown like he does in his new video when it comes to the life of President Trump.

So says Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). 

Creepy clown characters populate the video for "Lavender" (Nightfall remix), which remixes jazz fusion group BadBadNotGood's hypnotic 2016 song "Lavender," featuring Kaytranada, with profane Snoop-style lyrics.

It includes a press conference by President "Ronald Klump" in which he announces plans to deport all "doggs." Near the end, Snoop points a gun at the head of "Klump" and pulls the trigger. A cartoon "Bang" unfurls from the barrel of the gun. 

"Snoop shouldn't have done that," the Florida Republican and former Trump rival told TMZ on Monday outside Reagan National Airport. "You know, we've had presidents assassinated before in this country, so people should be really careful about that."

The video was released Sunday, and in addition to the "Klump" shooting, it includes a scene echoing the shooting of Philando Castile in which a white, doughnut-eating cop shoots a man (played by comedian Michael Rapaport) during a traffic stop, sending confetti flying from the driver's chest while a young black man captures the scene on cellphone video.

"Ronald," meanwhile, winds up in chains at the video's end as everyone gets high around him.

The official music video for BBNG's "Lavender," which has no lyrics, features a gun and poison prominently in a journey through a deadly game of Dungeons & Dragons. 

YouTube sensation Jesse Wellen pitched his idea for the video to Snoop while the two, who share a manager, were smoking in the rapper's van outside a video game event they were both working at last year, Billboard reported. 

"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 ... clown as president and the ...[things] that we dealing with out here," Snoop told Billboard about the video concept. "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 song will be part of his upcoming album, "Never Left," he said. 

The video -- warning: it's loaded with profanity and racial slurs, in addition to the mock shootings -- can be seen here.

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