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Anti-Trump Activists Call for President’s Assassination

Rappers, celebrities among those who have threatened Trump's life

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Since the 2016 election, several prominent figures on the political left have made assassination threats against President Donald Trump.

Many liberals unhappy that Trump being president of the United States have lashed out with jokes about his assassination–and actual threats against the president's life.

National Review reported on this trend over the weekend.

Rapper Calvin Broadus, Jr., also known as Snoop Dogg, recently released a music video in which he shoots a clown dressed as Trump. Criticism of the video was muted until Trump himself responded to Snoop Dogg on Twitter.

Shad Moss, also known as the rapper Bow Wow, came to his uncle Snoop Dogg's defense by threatening to "pimp out" First Lady Melania Trump.

"Ayo @realDonaldTrump shut your punk ass up talking shit about my uncle @SnoopDogg before we pimp your wife and make her work for us," Bow Wow tweeted.

Another rapper used his music to depict the murder of Trump. While rapping free style on a radio show, rapper Big Sean sang about killing Islamic State terrorists with the same icepick that he used to murder Trump.

"I know Jay proud of me, he put this 'round my neck / And I might just kill ISIS with the same icepick / That I murder Donald Trump in the same night with," Big Sean rapped.

The rap world is not the only source of threats against the new president.

The star of the Fox TV show "Making History," Adam Pally, told TMZ that if he could go back in time, he would kill Trump or Adolf Hitler.

"If you could go back and spend an hour with anyone in history, who would you want to spend an hour with?" TMZ asked. "And who would you not want to spend an hour with?"

"I'd have to kill Trump or Hitler," Pally responded.

British journalist Monisha Rajesh tweeted how "it's about time for a presidential assassination" shortly after Trump was elected.

A former CEO of the San Diego-based cyber security company PacketSled issued multiple threats against the president's life after the 2016 election. Matt Harrigan made several posts to social media that gave specific details about him wanting to assassinate Trump. He talked about "getting a sniper rifle," adding that Trump should "find a bedroom in the whitehouse [sic]that suits you motherfucker. I'll find you."

Pop star and Hillary Clinton supporter Madonna announced at the Women's March in Washington, D.C. the day after Trump's inauguration that she thought "an awful lot" about blowing up the White House.

"Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House," Madonna said in January.

The University of Central Florida allowed the unregistered student group the Knights of Socialism to hold an event last month during which they encouraged kids to bash pinatas of Trump and other top Trump administration officials. Around the nine-minute mark of the video below, one boy asks if he can "kill Donald Trump."

Critics charged during the 2016 presidential campaign that Trump promoted violence through his rhetoric. He was criticized for his comments about what "Second Amendment people" would do if Clinton won the election, and the Trump campaign came under fire when comments from Trump's former butler surfaced that he wanted President Obama to be assassinated.

Trump's campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, called the comments "horrible" and said the campaign disavowed them.

"We totally and completely disavow the horrible statements made by him," she said.