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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trump turns Boy Scout appearance into political youth rally

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 7:32 AM


Donald Trump spoke Monday, as many other presidents have, to the National Boy Scout Jamboree and it's an event, overlooked in the morning paper, that's worth examining.

Trump turned it into a political rally, complete with chanting youths in uniform, that prompted many on Twitter to be reminded of "Triumph of the Will." Others remembered, by contrast, Bill Clinton's humor and call to public service at his jamboree appearance. Trump's ego, neediness and distemper was on full display in sharp contrast to the oath, law and other guiding principles of the organization.

None of that for Trump as the Washington Post details in a way that is embarrassing to us all but which should prompt some official distancing by the Boy Scouts, which was being flamed on its Facebook page by parents outraged by use of their children as political props. From the Washington Post:

Ahead of President Trump’s appearance Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the troops were offered some advice on the gathering’s official blog: Fully hydrate. Be “courteous” and “kind.” And avoid the kind of divisive chants heard during the 2016 campaign such as “build the wall” and “lock her up.”

But from the moment he took the stage, Trump — who was never a Scout himself but touted his role as the “honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America” — started leading them down a very different path.

Over the next 35 minutes, the president threatened to fire one of his Cabinet members, attacked former president Barack Obama, dissed his former rival Hillary Clinton, marveled at the size of the crowd, warned the boys about the “fake media,” mocked pollsters and pundits, and said more people would say “Merry Christmas” under his presidency. He also told a rambling tale about a famous, now-deceased home builder that meandered from a Manhattan cocktail party to a yacht and then to places that the president would only allow the boys’ imaginations to go.

There were "USA, USA" chants at Trump's vow to kill Obamacare and appreciation of his jest to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who was with him along with Rick Perry, if he didn't get the job done.

You have to read it all (or watch the video, which opens with the USA chants) to fully grasp how inappropriate it was.

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