At the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference President Trump recited the poetic allegory by Oscar Brown Jr. of the woman who rescues a poisonous snake only to be rewarded by its lethal bite.
His point was to create an analogy between immigration and the supposed danger posed by immigrants. I find his analogy to be dark, dystopian and just plain wrong. Where I see the glimmer of allegorical truth is in the 46 percent of the U. S. electorate, who despite knowing Trump’s serpentine history of exploiting trust in order to betray it, nonetheless elected him President.
“Vote me in oh disgruntled voters, vote me in for heaven’s sake. Vote me in disgruntled voters, vote me in,” sighed the snake. In the allegory, the snake blames the woman for being complicit in her victimization.
What are the electoral implications? Is Trump’s fond recitation may be more apt and self-revealing than we thought?
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“Oh shut up, silly voters,” said the reptile with a grin. “You knew I was a snake before you chose to vote me in.”
John McCort, Arroyo Grande