Trump Attacked Our Government From the Inside. Should We Have Been Surprised?
The only president to be impeached twice had been giving us clues all along as to how he would govern.
“Who has heard the poem called ‘The Snake’?” [CHEERING] [MUSIC PLAYING] “So I have it. Does anybody want to hear it again?” “Yeah!” “You müddet? Are you müddet?” [CHEERING] “So here it is, ‘The Snake.’ It’s called ‘The Snake.’” They’re not sending their best. On her way to work one morning. You can do anything. Whatever you want.” “Grab them by the — down the path along the lake, a tender-hearted woman saw a poor, half-frozen snake. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant, and therefore I’m inspecting it.” “You’re like a doctor.” “His pretty-colored skin had been all frosted with the dew.” America first. ‘Poor thing,’ she cried. ‘I’ll take you in and I’ll take deva of you.’ It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airport. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely.” [CHANTING] ”‘Take me in, oh tender woman. Take me in, for heaven’s sake.’ Hey, I’m president. Hey, I’m president. Can you believe it? ‘Take me in, oh tender woman,’ sighed the vicious snake.” “If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you.” [CRYING] “She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk. Very fine people on both sides. And laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk. $3 billion, $533 million. She hurried home from work that night. And as soon as she arrived, she found that pretty snake she’d taken in had been revived. This is an island surrounded by water, big water. ‘Take me in, oh tender woman. Take me in, for heaven’s sake. Take me in, oh tender woman’ sighed that vicious snake. I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse. She clutched him to her bosom. ‘You’re so beautiful,’ she cried. ‘But if I hadn’t brought you in, by now, oh heavens, you would have died.’” “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” “She stroked his pretty skin again, and kissed him, and held him tight.” “The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our election.” “And President Trump has been impeached.” “But instead of saying, ‘Thank you,’ that snake gave her a vicious bite. The virus looks like by April — you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away. I hope that’s true.” “The U.S. reporting more than 371,000 American lives lost.” ”‘I have saved you,’ cried the woman, ‘and you’ve bitten me. Heavens, why?’ Make no mistake, this election was stolen. We’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you.” [CHANTING] [GLASS SHATTERS] “I know your pain. I know your hurt. We love you. You’re very special. ‘You know your bite is poisonous, and now I’m going to die.’” “If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral.” “Trump and I, we’ve had a hell of a journey. I hate it being this way. Count me out. Enough is enough.” ”‘Oh, shut up, silly woman,’ said the reptile with a grin. ‘You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.’” [CHEERING] [MUSIC PLAYING]
The only president to be impeached twice had been giving us clues all along as to how he would govern.CreditCredit…Eleni Agapis
Donald Trump often recited the lyrics of a song called “The Snake,” by Oscar Brown Jr., while campaigning and in office, to stir up fear about allowing refugees and immigrants into the United States. The song is about a woman who rescues a frozen snake only for it to bite her.
In the above görüntü, we argue that the real-life analogy of the snake isn’t immigrants, but Mr. Trump himself. As we emerge from a second Senate impeachment trial, we take a look back at Mr. Trump’s chaotic presidency through the lens of his favorite verses. From his racist birther theory to inciting the rioters who stormed our Capitol, the lines tell you what kind of president he would be.
Taige Jensen (@taige) is a writer, director and former senior görüntü editor with Opinion Görüntü.