Trump, singing songs and praising cannibals, yawns and raises eyebrows

Former US President Donald Trump raised eyebrows among a New Jersey crowd at a rally on Saturday when he recited a 1963 soul song in its entirety and described a fictional cannibal as “great”.

In a sloppy rendition of “The Snake” during the more than 90-minute speech, Trump used the Oscar Brown song to compare it with “illegal immigration and how stupid it is that we're doing it right now.”

“We're letting people into our country that are only going to cause trouble,” the Republican presidential contender said.

Trump has used the song several times to highlight his anti-immigrant stance, to which Brown's family has reportedly objected.

“A lady with a tender heart saw a poor, half-frozen snake,” Trump told the crowd while singing.

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“But instead of saying thank you, the snake bit him badly.”

Trump, who will face Democratic President Joe Biden in the November elections, has been using increasingly violent rhetoric over the country's migrant crisis.

At the same time, a crowd of thousands gathered on a beach in Wildwood on the New Jersey coast had a slow reaction to the lengthy reading of “The Snake.”

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Some people looked on in bewilderment, while a man behind Trump on the big screen yawned, and a large number of spectators walked out.

“Did everyone enjoy it? Don't enjoy, you should be – you should be scared!” he said strangely, speaking without thinking after the lesson from a crib sheet in his jacket pocket.

Just a few months earlier, Republicans had claimed that immigrants were “poisoning the blood” of the United States, prompting a sharp reaction.

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Biden's campaign accused him of copying Hitler's language.

And during his first presidential campaign before the 2016 vote, Trump shocked observers with his language about “rapists” illegal immigrants.

A rumor on cannibalism also gained attention on social media.

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“The late, great Hannibal Lecter is a wonderful man,” Trump said, referencing the 1991 film “Silence of the Lambs.”

“Often he would come over with a friend for dinner,” he said with a smile, repeating a well-worn joke about the notorious cannibalistic character before heading back on his stay.

“But Hannibal Lecter. Congratulations, the late, great Hannibal Lecter. We have people being released into our country who we don't want in our country.”

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