The daughters of the late performer Oscar Brown Jr. said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE is misinterpreting their father’s song “The Snake” when he recites it at campaign rallies and speeches.
“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,” Maggie Brown said on MSNBC.
Maggie and her sister, Africa, said they believe Trump is stealing from their father when he uses the lyrics.
Brown wrote “The Snake” in the early 1960s. It is a tale of a woman taking in a snake to nurse it back to health and care for it, only for the snake to bite her. Brown, who died in 2005, was a singer, songwriter, poet and activist, and a one-time member of the Communist Party.
Africa Brown said Sunday that Trump's use of her father's work is "an insult to the deep respect for humanity" that her father believed in.
Trump frequently busted out a reading of “The Snake” during the 2016 presidential campaign, refashioning it to illustrate the dangers of taking in refugees and illegal immigrants.
He again read the tale during his speech on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), to the approval of the audience.