Snoop Dogg is just one of several high-profile musicians, actors and comedians to express despair at the current state of the US government, which is now in its third week of partial shutdown.
In a post on Instagram earlier this week, Snoop Dogg urged federal workers affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown in the US not to vote for Donald Trump in 2020, following the president’s speech about the Mexico border.
“F*** everybody down with Donald Trump,” the legendary rapper, who is one of Trump’s most vocal celebrity critics, said. He added that there “ain’t no f***ing way in the world” federal employees who are currently working without pay “can vote for Donald Trump when he come back up again”.
“If y’all do vote for him, y’all some stupid motherf***ers,” he declared.
Trump delivered his first prime-time address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night (8 January) to reiterate that there is a “crisis” at the southern border, and insist that a wall needs to be built.
“The government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: the Democrats will not fund border security,” the US president said. “All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration.”
His speech prompted a number of other celebrities to speak out:
Trump’s speech, which was heavy with anti-immigration rhetoric, caused Democrats to accuse the president of “stoking fear”.
“How much more American blood must be shed before Congress does its job?” he asked, recounting gruesome details of murders he claimed were committed by illegal immigrants.
Nancy Pelosi, Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, was among those to criticise him, commenting: “The president has chosen fear. We want to start with the facts.”
Democrats have so far flat out rejected Trump’s demand for $5.6bn (£4.4bn) to build the wall, in a budgetary showdown that has left 800,000 public sector staff either furloughed or working without pay until the issue is resolved.
They say a wall would be expensive, inefficient and immoral, and have accused Trump of implementing fear tactics and spreading misinformation about the situation along the US-Mexico border.
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