A video showcasing footage of violent refugees features audio of Donald Trump reciting the lyrics to a song entitled "The Snake." See Example( s )
Collected via e-mail, April 2016
On 18 January 2016, the above-displayed video featuring footage of violent refugees accompanied by audio of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reciting the lyrics to a song entitled “The Snake” was uploaded to YouTube along with a message warning about the “Islamification” of the United States:
Do not allow the islamification currently happening in Europe to reach America. Act now before its too late.
The above-displayed video does feature audio of Trump reciting the lyrics to the song “The Snake.” The Republican Presidential candidate has recited this poem at at least one of his campaign events in an attempt to illustrate the alleged dangers of allowing Syrian refugees to enter the United States:
Although the audio portion of the clip really does feature Donald Trump, this video is often shared with misinformation about its origins.
First, “The Snake” was not written by Donald Trump, nor was it written specifically about Syrian refugees. The song was penned by Chicago poet, singer, and “Grandpap of Rap” Oscar Brown Jr., and it was based an Aesop fable titled “The Farmer and the Viper”:
While some may see “The Snake” as a particularly apt song to describe the refugee crisis, Oscar Brown Jr.’s family disagreed. Brown’s daughter Maggie told the Chicago Tribune that she wanted Trump to stop using the poem, while Brown’s grandson suggested that Trump read some more of Oscar Brown Jr.’s poetry — specifically “Debris,” about the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:
“So efforts to terrorize terror / Just guarantee terror no end / A violent response is in error / For violence then will extend.”
The origins of the visual images in the video are also questionable. These violent scenes supposedly depict the results of “Islamification,” but we found at least one segment that had nothing to do with refugees or religion: