Trump Recites Racist Song To A Group Of Conservatives During Anti-Immigration Rant
TLeave it to Donald Trump to recite lyrics to an anti-immigration song to get his point across to his conservative followers. On Friday, during a speech to conservatives at a convention outside Washington Trump recited the lyrics to a song called “The Snake” known as an anti-immigration song.
Trump spoke for a full hour. During that time he bashed on Democrats and blamed them for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He said that it’s Democrats’ fault that 1.8 million so-called “Dreamer” immigrants are now at risk of being deported.
After going on a rant about Democrats, Trump pulled out a piece of paper from his pocket and read “The Snake,” a ballad by Al Wilson about a reptile who repays a “tender woman” that nurses it back to health with a deadly bite.
He went on to explain that he was comparing the snakes to immigrants.
“Think of it in terms of immigration,” he urged as he launched into the song.
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in,” he said, reading the final line of the song, before returning to his speech.
“And that’s what we’re doing with our country, folks — we’re letting people in, and it’s going to be a lot of people. It’s only going to be worse.”
Trump’s recital of the song drew backlash from Republican Steve Schmidt, a former campaign aide to president George W Bush.
He tweeted saying, “Trump’s snake story is vicious, disgraceful, utterly racist and profoundly un-American.”
Trumps snake story is vicious, disgraceful, utterly racist and profoundly Un-American. That this is how an American President speaks of immigration is a tragedy. This crowd of cheering extremists are the heirs of the Know-Nothing’s and nativists that have always plagued us .
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) February 23, 2018