Snoop Dogg has said that he will vote for the first time in his life in this November’s US presidential election. Despite being politically vocal, he told US radio station Real 92.3 that he had incorrectly believed for many years that his criminal record meant that he was not able to vote.
“For many years it had me brainwashed thinking that you couldn’t vote because you had a criminal record”, he said, according to Page Six.
Now set straight – although he also said that his past convictions have been expunged – he confirmed that he plans to cast his first vote in an effort to push Donald Trump out of office this autumn.
“We got to make a difference”, he said. “I can’t talk about it and not be about it. I can’t tell you to do it then you don’t go do it. Everybody knows I’m a frontliner. I ain’t gonna tell you to do something I didn’t do”.
The rapper was a strong supporter of Barack Obama – publishing a list of reasons to vote for him over Mitt Romney in 2012 – and very vocal in his opposition of Trump in 2016. The following year he released the track ‘Lavender (Nightfall Remix)’ accompanied by a video depicting an America populated by clowns, led by President Ronald Klump. Towards the end of the video you see Snoop put a gun to Klump’s head and pull the trigger.
It has been suggested that Ronald Klump might be based on Donald Trump. Trump certainly thought so, saying in one of those tweets he likes to write: “Can you imagine what the outcry would be if Snoop Dogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!”
Trump, of course, has recently advocated and approved theoretical and actual violence against Black Lives Matter protesters in the US.
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