President Donald Trump on Saturday again recited the lyrics to a song called “The Snake” to back up his argument against keeping certain people out of the United States.
At a rally in Pennsylvania, the president dedicated the reading to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, as well as Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
The lyrics tell the story of a woman who finds a snake and takes it into her home, only to later be bitten. Singer-songwriter and social activist Oscar Brown Jr. wrote the piece in 1963, and soul singer Al Wilson released a song using the verses in 1968.
“If Dad were alive, he would’ve ripped (Trump) with a great poem in rebuttal,” Brown’s daughter Maggie told the Tribune. “Not only a poem and a song, but an essay and everything else.”