In wake of the New York and New Jersey bombings, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivered a speech calling for the accused bomber, Ahmad Rahami, to be tried. He went on to suggest the man must be held indefinitely and treated like an “enemy combatant.”
Trump also seemed rather upset about the fact that Rahami, who is injured, would be treated in a hospital, given room service and even access to a lawyer.
The billionaire made it a point to call out President Barack Obama for his immigration policies and blame the terror attacks on his and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s policies, which according to Trump, have allowed people like Rahami into the United States.
Things then took a nasty turn as the business mogul began reading lyrics from Al Wilson’s “The Snake,” hinting at refugees and comparing them to the venomous reptile.
“This has to do with people coming into our country,” Trump announced before reading out the lyrics.
“Oh well, she cried, I’ll take you in,” Trump read, before adding in “like we’re doing,” signaling towards refugees.
“I saved you cried the woman, and you’ve bit me, but why. You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die. Oh shut up silly woman said the reptile with a grin. You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in,” he continued as his supporters cheered on at the comparison drawn between venomous snakes and those fleeing a war zone in search of a safe haven.
People took to Twitter to call out Trump and express their distaste over his bizarre analogy.
Sometimes I think “The Snake” is the only thing Trump can remember without a teleprompter.— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) September 19, 2016
"You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in" could also be an allegory for Trump and the Republican Party.— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) September 19, 2016
Trump finishes the Snake. Crowd cheers as if the guitar part in Bohemian Rhapsody just hit and the lights came back on in the arena.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 19, 2016
Trump wrongly says The Snake was written by Al Wilson in the 1990s. Al Wilson first performed it in 1968, it was written by Oscar Brown.— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) September 19, 2016