In a conversation with TMZ on Monday, Rubio said that Snoop "shouldn't have" made the symbolic statement in his new video. "We’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is really something we should be very careful about," Rubio told a reporter. "I think people could disagree on policy, but you gotta be very careful about that kind of thing. Because the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you can have a real problem."
A representative for Snoop Dogg was not immediately available for comment.
Snoop Dogg uses a toy gun to shoot a clown resembling President Donald Trump in a new music video.
In the video for the rapper's song "BADBADNOTGOOD," Snoop Dogg raps about police brutality in a world inhabited by clowns.
"This is the final call," he says before pointing a gun at the clown dressed as Trump who is smoking a cigarette. Snoop pulls the trigger and a flag that says "bang" shoots out from the toy gun.
Later in the video, the Trump clown is wrapped in metal chains.
"The whole world is clownin’ around," the rapper told Billboard.
"I feel like it’s a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody’s dealing with the real issue with this f--king clown as president," he added. "And the s--t that we dealing with out here, so I wanted to take time out to push pause on a party record and make one of these records for the time being."
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spoke out against the video telling TMZ that "Snoop shouldn't have done that." He said "we've had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is something people should really careful about." He adds that if the "wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you could have a real problem."
Snoop Dogg warned over Donald Trump toy gun video
Snoop Dogg has been criticised for shooting a toy gun at a Donald Trump character in a music video.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio said the rap star was unwise to pretend to shoot a clown dressed as the US president in the video.
Mr Rubio told TMZ: "If the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you could have a real problem."
The video, featuring Snoop Dogg and Kaytranada, is a remix of Lavender by Canadian group BadBadNotGood.
Mr Rubio added: "Snoop shouldn't have done that.
"We've had presidents assassinated before... so anything like that is something people should be really careful about."
The video shows Snoop shooting the Trump character with a gun that releases a flag with the word "bang" written on it.
Mr Rubio ran to be the Republican presidential candidate. He lost the Republican primary in his home state to Mr Trump.