Rapper Snoop Dogg did a U-turn on his opinion about Donald Trump, saying he has “nothing but love and respect” for the former president following years of staunch criticism.
In an interview with London’s The Sunday Times over the weekend, the “Gin and Juice“ rapper was asked about his thoughts on the GOP front-runner in the upcoming presidential election. He replied by praising Trump, mentioning that the former president pardoned Michael “Harry-O” Harris, a former associate of Suge Knight.
“Donald Trump?” Snoop Dogg said. “He ain’t done nothing wrong to me. He has done only great things for me. He pardoned Michael Harris.”
Knight, alongside Dr. Dre and Harris, co-founded record label Death Row Records in the 1990s, which signed Snoop Dogg early in his career. Harris was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder but was pardoned by Trump in 2021 after serving 30 years of a 25-year-to-life sentence, according to USA Today. Before leaving office, Trump pardoned Harris, along with 69 others.
“I have nothing but love and respect for Donald Trump,” Snoop added.
The rapper’s latest sentiments are in stark contrast to what he has expressed in the past.
In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Snoop Dogg said he had “never seen a mother—” like Trump, asking, “How could we have someone as reckless as him running our country?”
In 2018, Snoop Dogg also heavily criticized Trump and fellow rapper Kanye West, who is an open Trump supporter.
The rapper is also known for his previous controversial stunts to condemn the former president, such as shared an EP cover on social media in 2017 that shows him standing over Trump’s dead body. In his 2018 visit to the White House, he smoked a blunt outside of the building.
In one of his most controversial moves, Snoop Dogg is seen in a music video shooting a clown dressed as Trump with a toy gun.
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