In response to Donald Trump’s CPAC speech in which he used a poem by late-leftist activist Oscar Brown to attack immigrants, daughters of “The Snake” writer have demanded the president stop using it.
The lyrics Trump is most famous for appropriating include the following:
“I saved you,’ cried the woman. And you’ve bitten me, but why? You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die.’ ‘Oh shut up, silly woman,’ said the reptile with a grin. ‘You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.’”
Children of the poem’s writer, Maggie Brown and Africa Brown, have been requesting that Trump not use “The Snake” to paint immigrants negatively for two years, as it was a staple of his 2016 presidential campaign.
While appearing on MSNBC, the daughters of the leftist black activist tore into Trump for taking Brown’s words out of context.
“When I see him doing it, I know that he is stealing. He’s twisting Oscar’s meaning to serve his own campaign and climate of intolerance and hate, which is the opposite of what the original author, Oscar Brown Jr., intended,” said Maggie.
“He’s perversely using ‘The Snake’ to demonize immigrants,” added Africa. “My father never had anything against immigrants.”
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