Trump Uses Lyrics From a Black Civil Rights Activist to Call Immigrants “Snakes” Once More.
Former President Donald Trump used his oft-repeated storey about how immigrants are “snakes” at a rally in Texas on Saturday, comically misdirecting lyrics penned by a Black civil rights leader.
Trump asked the enthusiastic crowd in Conroe on Saturday night if they wanted to hear “The Snake” again, adding, “This has a lot to do with immigration.”
He then read for the hundredth time the storey of a nice woman who saves a frozen snake by bringing it into her home, only to be bitten and murdered by it.
The heartless reptile reprimanded her via Trump’s mouth at the event, “You knew very well I was a snake before you brought me in.”
“And that’s what’s happening with immigration in the United States of America,” Trump said the Texas crowd. “I believe it is rather accurate.”
The anecdote has always been referred to as a “poem” by Trump. In reality, he reads song lyrics penned by Black civil rights hero Oscar Brown Jr. in 1963 each time he narrates the storey. Al Wilson, an R&B singer, popularised the tune five years later.
In an interview with Don Lemmon on CNN in 2018, Trump’s daughter Africa Brown argued that Trump had appropriated the lyrics of a civil rights hero to further his racist and xenophobic agenda.
Trump, she claims, is the “living incarnation of the serpent that my father sang about in that song,” according to her.
She stated she was “extremely upset” that her late father’s “words are being hijacked to promote [Trump’s] hate message and bigotry,” and that she was “very outraged.”
“And it’s completely incorrect.” “My father has always worked with all individuals of race,” she remarked. He had never been anti-immigrant.”
Maggie Brown, Oscar Brown Jr.’s daughter, described Trump’s political objective as “separatism, bigotry, sexism… that’s the polar opposite of what Oscar Brown Jr. was about.”
Trump often pulled her father’s lyrics from his “breast pocket” to “quote his remarks precisely every time,” she added.
Brown, who died in 2005, based the lyrics on the Aesop fable “The Farmer and the Viper,” which depicts the dangers of benevolence.
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The sisters told Lemon that they issued cease-and-desist letters to Trump during his first campaign, requesting that he stop utilising their father’s songs, but that they were disregarded.