The daughters of the late singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Oscar Brown Jr. blasted President Donald Trump on Monday for twisting the lyrics of their father’s song titled, “The Snake,” into a message of hate for his own anti-immigrant agenda.
During an interview on CNN, the late performer’s daughters were asked to explain the message of the 1960s soul song that Trump frequently read at rallies during his 2016 presidential campaign to call for tougher immigration laws.
“The elephant in the room is that Trump is the living embodiment of the snake that my father wrote about in that song,” Africa Brown said.
“It’s an African tradition to use stories to impart wisdom and that’s exactly what that was, teaching us about that.”
The song tells the story of a woman who takes in a frozen snake she finds on her way to work. After she nurses the snake back to health, it bites the woman and kills her.
Trump again read the tale during his speech last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Africa Brown suggested during the interview that Trump can change the last part of the song when it says, “You knew darn well I was a snake before you took me in.”
“He could say, before you voted me in,” she said.
"The elephant of the room is that Trump is the living embodiment of the snake that my father wrote about in that song" – Africa Brown, daughter of Oscar Brown Jr., on the President using her father's song 'The Snake' to blast immigration https://t.co/H3dMeI4yBS
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