#Donald Trump has yet again taken to Twitter to rant at another celebrity, who was outspoken against him. #Snoop Dogg’s recent music video has caused controversy after the rapper ‘shoots’ Donald Trump with a plastic gun that has a bang flag pop out, during his recent music video. Naturally this could be inciting #Violence against a public figure, except there has been many instances of this kind of imagery used in the past.
Irrespective of the rights and wrongs. Focusing on Donald Trump and remembering highly divisive presidential campaign where he mocked a disabled journalist, audio emerged of his ingrained sexism plus many more xenophobic and prejudice soundbites.
Trump fails with irony
The Trump team, particularly Donald Trump himself, seem to have short memory of what he has done throughout his campaign to become President of the United States (POTUS). The irony of the Tweet below is staggering and this has not gone unnoticed either.
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
Worrying trend of irony
The Trump campaign was full sexist, misogynistic, prejudice, xenophobic and racist remarks. But as clear anti-violent man, he would never approve of or use language that could cause harm onto those who are innocent? Unfortunately, he is exactly that kind of person and on many occasions during his rallies, he actively encouraged violence from his supporters.
A campaign rally in Kansas City, a protester tried storm the stage and after Trump said he would have fought the person and after miming punching him multiple times he mouthed “I’ll beat the crap out of you.” Demonstrators interrupted a rally in St Louis, Missouri but after security removed them he bemoaned the fact that people do not want to hurt each other anymore by saying “You know, part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore, right?"
The trend continued throughout his campaign after several protests and his rallies, he used his platform to say that they don’t get treated ‘rough enough’ and after someone in his crowd did fight back, he stated "The audience hit back. That's what we need a little bit more of." He has previously said that he would defend those who did ‘hit back’ in court and after supporters attacked a Black Lives Matter protester, Trump said that he should have been ‘roughed up’ and that he ‘deserved it.’
These are all examples of occasions that Trump has incited violence within the public, however, supporters could make the argument that it was never against a public figure. Except this is not true in any sense of the word. If you cast your minds back to this statement “If she [Hillary Clinton] gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”
Trump is dangerous
Violence is never an answer and whilst Snoop Dogg’s video is not great, Donald Trump has been far worse in vocally supporting violence on his side. He has directly told people to be violent with scuffles and fights often breaking out at his rallies during the presidential campaign. Whilst he never directly said that his supporters should ‘assassinate’ Hillary Clinton, he insinuated the idea which is far more dangerous.