THERE IS OUTRAGE FROM MANY PEOPLE AND NEWS OUTLETS AT TRUMP’S INAPPROPRIATE CAMPAIGN RALLY SPEECH TO THE BOY SCOUTS

THERE IS OUTRAGE FROM MANY PEOPLE AND NEWS OUTLETS AT TRUMP’S INAPPROPRIATE CAMPAIGN RALLY SPEECH TO THE BOY SCOUTS

 

NOTE 1 :  TEN MEMBERS OF TRUMP’S CABINET ARE FORMER SCOUTS, INCLUDING REX TILLERSON, A ONE-TIME PRESIDENT OF THE GROUP. BUT TRUMP HIMSELF NEVER BELONGED, NEVER RECITED THE SCOUT LAW, NEVER PLEDGED TO “HELP OTHER PEOPLE AT ALL TIMES.”

 

NOTE 2: TRUMP’S CLOSEST PRIOR ASSOCIATION WITH THE BOY SCOUTS APPEARS TO HAVE COME IN 1989, WHEN HIS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION MADE THE SMALLEST DONATION IT EVER GAVE—$7—TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, AS DAVID FAHRENTHOLD HAS REPORTED. HIS SON, DONALD TRUMP JR., TURNED 11 THAT YEAR; $7 WAS THEN THE COST OF REGISTERING A NEW SCOUT.

 

NOTE 3: WHEN TRUMP DECLARED HE WOULD “KILL” OBAMACARE, BOY SCOUTS IN THE AUDIENCE BEGAN CHANTING “U-S-A.” WHEN TRUMP ASKED THE CROWD IF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAD EVER ATTENDED THE JAMBOREE, THEY BOOED OBAMA — WHO WAS A BOY SCOUT HIMSELF, AS A CHILD — WHILE ENERGY SECRETARY RICK PERRY AND PRICE, WHO WERE STANDING BEHIND TRUMP ON STAGE, LAUGHED AND CLAPPED.

 

NEW YORK MAGAZINE SUMMARIZED THE 14 MOST INAPPROPRIATE MOMENTS FROM TRUMP’S SPEECH AT THE BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE.  TRUMP PLAYFULLY THREATENED TO FIRE A CABINET MEMBER, ATTACKED PRESIDENT OBAMA, AND THANKED THE KIDS FOR VOTING FOR HIM IN NOVEMBER.  I’ve provided the link to that story and also included material from other outlets commenting on this outrageous speech.  He is some model for America’s youngsterts!!!

 

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/inappropriate-moments-trump-boy-scout-speech.html?utm_source=eml&utm_medium=e1&utm_campaign=sharebutton-t

 

FROM THE ATLANTIC: (Yoni Appelbaum)

 

Appelbaum notes all the inappropriate speeches Trump has given (Al Smith Dinner speech; CIA speech and several others.)  Then he notes:

“So his speech on Monday night to the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree ought to have been unsurprising. Trump, after all, seems to have only one mode, irrespective of the setting, or the nature of the audience he’s addressing; one familiar litany of triumphs and grievances to which he constantly returns, delighting his fans and galling his critics….But he retains the capacity to surprise.

 

“As the Scout Law says: ‘A Scout is trustworthy, loyal’—we could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that,” Trump said, and paused there. The assembled scouts shouted the rest of it for him: “…helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”

 

Like millions of other boys, I grew up reciting that creed on weekends. I had always taken it to be a list of obligations; its lessons that the path to leadership lay in serving others, and that there are ideals greater than self-interest. The Scout Oath is a pledge to “do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law,” to subordinate self gratification to the pursuit of that litany of virtues.

 

So when Trump paused at “loyal”—when he interjected, “we could use some more loyalty”—I (Appelbaum) was stunned. This is the president who told James Comey, “I expect loyalty.” Over the weekend, he’d inveighed against Republicans who “do very little to protect their President.” And there he was, looking out at a sea of Scouts, telling them that “Boy Scout values are American values,” apparently unaware that his own definition of loyalty—something that he himself is owed—is precisely the opposite of the definition those Scouts are taught to embrace—something that we owe to others.

 

I (Appelbaum) wasn’t a very good Boy Scout. Measured against the ideals of the Scout Law, I’d have fallen short, then or now. But as I listened to Donald Trump, I thought back to the opening ceremony of the Jamboree I’d attended in 1993. There were boys of all faiths, all political stripes. The Scouts occupy an increasingly complicated place in America’s shifting cultural landscape, but still provide a rare space, however flawed, in which those of radically divergent backgrounds and beliefs can interact on common ground.

 

We were seated by region. The opening act that year was supposed to be the Southern-rock group Alabama. When instead, Lee Greenwood took the stage, the South stood and roared its approval. In the Northeast, we turned and looked at each other: Lee who?

 

We’d also hoped for a presidential appearance; the chief executive of the United States is, by tradition, also the honorary president of the Boy Scouts. We had the perfect theme that year to lure Bill Clinton—“A Bridge to the Future,” a line George H.W. Bush had used during the campaign, and which Clinton would claim as his campaign theme in 1996—but he didn’t show.

 

“The Boy Scouts of America must not … involve Scouting in political matters,” the group’s Rules and Regulations plainly state. But a presidential visit—Clinton would come to the next Jamboree, in 1997—was about the place that scouting occupied in the civic fabric of the nation. It wasn’t about politics. Or at least, it wasn’t supposed to be.

 

Parents are indicating their displeasure with the Boy Scouts of America after President Donald Trump gave a campaign-style speech to a group of young scouts on Monday, despite promising he wouldn’t speak about politics early on in the speech.

 

Some parents vented on Twitter after Trump’s freewheeling speech, calling Trump’s comments to the crowd of mostly middle school and teenage boys inappropriate.

 

While Trump at times encouraged the scouts to follow their dreams and work hard, he frequently fell back on his campaign-rally style rhetoric, which included attacks on journalists and news-media.

 

When Trump declared he would “kill” Obamacare, boy scouts in the audience began chanting “U-S-A.” When Trump asked the crowd if President Barack Obama had ever attended the jamboree, they booed Obama — who was a boy scout himself, as a child — while Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Price, who were standing behind Trump on stage, laughed and clapped.

 

Obama delivered a video address to the jamboree in 2010 for the boy scout organization’s 100th anniversary.

 

Trump leaned further into his campaign posture at the jamboree, saying “under the Trump administration, you will be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” reviving an old declaration he routinely made on the 2016 campaign trail.

 

The president also railed against his 2016 presidential election rival, Hillary Clinton, eliciting more jeers from the crowd.

 

That’s the line that Trump crossed on Monday night, the same one he crossed on the Ford, and at the CIA, and at the Al Smith dinner. It’s the interjection of partisan politics into a space where it doesn’t belong. And every time he does it, every time he goes before some nonpartisan group and speaks to its members as if they had come to attend a campaign rally, a little more of our shared civic culture gets chipped away. He’s not the first to erode such lines, but he stands apart for his persistent disregard.

 

Perhaps Trump did it out of ignorance. Ten members of his cabinet are former Scouts, including Rex Tillerson, a one-time president of the group. But Trump himself never belonged, never recited the Scout Law, never pledged to “help other people at all times.”

 

His closest prior association with the group appears to have come in 1989, when his charitable foundation made the smallest donation it ever gave—$7—to the Boy Scouts of America, as David Fahrenthold has reported. His son, Donald Trump Jr., turned 11 that year; $7 was then the cost of registering a new Scout.

 

If he’d read to the end of the Scout Law, he’d have learned that “a Scout is…reverent.” We could use some more reverence, I could tell you.

 

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FROM BUSINESS INSIDER:

 

Parents are indicating their displeasure with the Boy Scouts of America after President Donald Trump gave a campaign-style speech to a group of young scouts on Monday, despite promising he wouldn’t speak about politics early on in the speech.

 

Some parents vented on Twitter after Trump’s freewheeling speech, calling Trump’s comments to the crowd of mostly middle school and teenage boys inappropriate.

 

While Trump at times encouraged the scouts to follow their dreams and work hard, he frequently fell back on his campaign-rally style rhetoric, which included attacks on journalists and news-media.

 

When Trump declared he would “kill” Obamacare, boy scouts in the audience began chanting “U-S-A.” When Trump asked the crowd if President Barack Obama had ever attended the jamboree, they booed Obama — who was a boy scout himself, as a child — while Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Price, who were standing behind Trump on stage, laughed and clapped.

 

 

Parents appeared to be outraged by Trump’s speech.

 

After being involved with the boy scouts for years, this person said they “would never want to be associated with [them] now.”  Hey @boyscouts—is there a way I can rescind any association w you all as an Eagle Scout? I’m ashamed of what you’ve become & want no part.

 

Another tweet from Ann@GeekTalks51 “Politics do not belong in the jamboree. Citizenship does. I’m the charter organization rep for my son’s Troop. Will be contacting district.”

 

 

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