So…a former top Obama official is battling with a multi-millionaire rapper about what Oprah Winfrey’s BFF said.
A little back story: Rapper Snoop Dogg this week threatened CBS “This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King on social media after she mentioned the late Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault charge in an interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie. Snoop said on Instagram that he’d “go after” King, Oprah’s longtime pal, if she didn’t “back off.”
“I swear to God we the worst. We the f**kin’ worst,” Snoop said. “We expect more from you, Gayle. Don’t you hang out with Oprah? Why y’all attacking us? We your people. You ain’t coming after f**kin’ Harvey Weinstein askin’ them dumba** questions. I get sick of y’all. I want to call you one. Is it OK if I call her one? Funky Dog-head b*tch! How dare you try to torch my f**kin homeboy’s reputation. Punk mother f**ker! Respect a family and back off, b*tch, before we come get you.”
Damn uncle snoop gave it to gayle king sucka ass.. Fuck her and oprah too!!!!! 💯💯💯💯💯💯💯 pic.twitter.com/UzUVNdyZJu
— Robshaun (@RobTakeOver) February 6, 2020
That diatribe prompted former National Security Adviser Susan Rice to jump in the fray.
“This is despicable,” Rice wrote on Twitter. “Gayle King is one of the most principled, fair and tough journalists alive. Snoop, back the **** off. You come for @GayleKing, you come against an army. You will lose, and it won’t be pretty.”
This is despicable. Gayle King is one of the most principled, fair and tough journalists alive. Snoop, back the **** off. You come for @GayleKing, you come against an army. You will lose, and it won’t be pretty. https://t.co/nUxcYCLS62
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) February 8, 2020
Bryant, a former basketball star, died last month in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and eight others. While many tributes for Bryant followed, so did stories about his alleged 2003 sexual assault of a Colorado hotel employee. Charges were dropped when the then 19-year-old employee refused to cooperate with prosecutors, and she eventually received a large payout after a civil case.
In her interview, King asked Leslie about the case.
“It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge that was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you, as a woman, as a WNBA player?” King asked.
“It’s not complicated for me at all,” Leslie said. “I just never see – have ever seen him being the kind of person that would be – do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way. That’s just not the person that I know.”
“Lisa, you wouldn’t see it, though. As his friend, you wouldn’t see it,” King said.
“And that’s possible. I just don’t believe that,” she said, adding that the media “should be more respectful at this time.”
In case you’ve forgotten, Rice famously went on five Sunday talk shows and blamed the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya – which left four Americans including the U.S. ambassador dead – on a YouTube video. Of course, top administration officials knew almost immediately that the attack was terrorism, but with the presidential election just two months in the future, then-president Barack Obama led a campaign of disinformation to distract from the scandal.
In her later memoir, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For,” Rice blamed Hillary Clinton, who she said asked her to do the round of Sunday talk shows. She said her mother, Lois Dickson Rice, told her she shouldn’t accept. “Why do you have to go on the shows? Where is Hillary?” The Daily Mail reported.
Rice told her mother that Clinton was ‘wiped out after a brutal week’ and that the Obama White House asked her to step up in the place.
‘I smell a rat. This is not a good idea. Can’t you get out of it?’ her mother said.
Rice told her: ‘Mom, don’t be ridiculous. I’ve done the shows. It will be fine.’