President Trump’s Speech to the Boy Scouts at Their 2017 Jamboree in West Virginia Sounded Like a Hitler Youth Rally
His rambling, disconnected, lowbrow 38-minute talk, though wholly irrelevant and inappropriate for an audience of Boy Scouts, ages 6-14, did manage to establish some outstanding new negative moral and political benchmarks. This is a limbo contest in bad taste. How low can you go? President Trump has just reminded us that it’s time to lower the bar… again.
Larded with his house brand of petulant political insults and innuendo Trump’s comments elicited a surprisingly enthusiastic response from his audience of 6 to 14-year-old Scouts. One wonders, are these children really so keenly in step with right-wing political cant, or had they been primed? Allegedly the one Scout who protested Trump’s comments at one point was escorted out by the security staff.
I was a boy scout and loved every minute of it, pitching tents, building fires, cooking everything in tin foil, swimming, tobogganing, struggling to amass merit badges, telling dirty jokes around an open fire… It wasn’t till decades later that I realized that the Boy Scouts, with their emphasis on patriotism, military trappings and survival skills were actually a kiddies’ paramilitary organization that met in the basement of the Methodist Church.
There has already been a backlash against Trump’s remarks. Parents and ex scouts are protesting, the former taking their kids out of the Boy Scouts, the latter threatening to return their Eagle Scout insignias.
What did President Trump say that caused such a brouhaha, anyway? Are you ready to cringe? Here’s CNN’s video with a brief summary of his remarks: