Even As President, Trump Turns To The Song ‘The Snake’ To Warn About Border Security

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NEW YORK (AP) — “Take me in, oh tender woman, sighed the vicious snake!”

Candidate Donald Trump used to electrify crowds by reciting those lyrics from the 1960s song, “The Snake.”

Now they have a White House imprimatur. Trump revived them from behind a presidential podium during a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania marking his first 100 days in office.

Trump delivered a thundering spoken-word performance of the dark song as an allegory to warn of what he sees as the dangers of illegal immigrants and refugees allowed into the United States.

The song was written by social activist Oscar Brown Jr. in 1963 and made famous by singer Al Wilson five years later.

Brown’s family has asked Trump to stop reciting it. The White House isn’t commenting on their request.

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