Former Obama Advisor Susan Rice Defends Gayle King, Says Her Elite Army Is Coming For Snoop Dogg

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Susan Rice built a reputation as a security advisor and diplomat, but it was more security than diplomacy when she sent out a tweet in defense of CBS anchor Gayle King, telling Snoop Dogg to “back the **** off”. Snoop is seen at the 2015 DIRECTV Super Fan Fest, Jan. 30, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP). Gayle King, co-host of CBS “This Morning” and Editor at Large for The Oprah Magazine, is interviewed on the red carpet at the “O You” event, Oct. 15, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Susan Rice built a reputation as a security advisor and diplomat, but it was all security and no diplomacy when she sent out a tweet in defense of CBS anchor Gayle King, telling Snoop Dogg to “back the **** off”.

A former national security advisor to Barack Obama and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Rice ripped Snoop Dogg on Friday for criticizing King. King, 65, is co-anchor of “CBS This Morning”, and she recently mentioned the Kobe Bryant rape case in an interview.

King was interviewing WNBA basketball player Lisa Leslie at the time — a friend of the late basketball legend. “It’s been said that (Bryant’s) legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge,” King said to Leslie. “Is it complicated for you as a woman, as an WNBA player?”

Bryant was accused in 2003 of sexually assaulting a Colorado hotel worker. His accuser refused to testify against him in the alleged rape. The case was later settled and he was acquitted of rape charges, The Hill reported. Bryant later apologized, saying he thought the encounter was consensual and she did not. The Los Angeles Times estimated the out-of-court settlement to be to more than $2.5 million.

“It’s not complicated for me at all,” Leslie replied. “I just never have ever seen him being the kind of person that would do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way. That was just never the person that I know.”

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died on Jan. 26 along with seven other people when the helicopter they were in crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California.

His death resulted in ongoing tributes to the NBA hero, with some of his supporters responding with anger and threats to people who spoke ill of the dead.

Snoop Dogg was furious that King asked Leslie the question.

“Gayle King, out of pocket for that shit. Way out of pocket,” Snoop said on a video tweet. “What do you gain from that? We expect more from you Gayle. Don’t you hang out with Oprah? Why are y’all attacking us? We’re your people. You ain’t coming at Harvey Weinstein asking those dumb ass questions. I get sick of y’all. I want to call you on it. How dare you try to tarnish my boy’s reputation. Respect the family and back off. before we come get you.”

Rice, 55, was all over the threat and responded with a warning of her own on Twitter: “This is despicable. Gayle King is one of the most principled, fair and tough journalists alive,” Rice tweeted. “Snoop, back the **** off. You come for @GayleKing, you come against an army. You will lose, and it won’t be pretty.”

King has received death threats, according to BFF Oprah Winfrey, who spoke during an appearance on “Today” with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. 

“She is not doing well,” Winfrey said. “She is not doing well because she now has death threats and has to now travel with security. She is feeling very much attacked.”

Snoop later said he wasn’t threatening King.

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“When I said what I said, I spoke for the people who felt like Gayle was very disrespectful towards Kobe Bryant and his family,” Snoop said on Instagram.

“Now with that being said, what do I look like, wanting some harm to come to a 70-year-old woman? I was raised way better than that … I don’t want no harm to come to her, and I didn’t threaten her. All I did was say, ‘Check it out. You out of pocket for what you doing, and we watching you. Have a little bit more respect for Vanessa, her babies and Kobe Bryant’s legacy.’”

John David Rice-Cameron, the son of Susan Rice, said in a 2018 interview with Populist Media that he was raised by parents who “believe extensively in debate and engaging the other side and exposing people to different viewpoints.”

Rice-Cameron was the president of the Stanford College Republicans.