The Boy Scouts of America released a woefully inadequate statement about Donald Trump speech politicizing the jamboree on Monday in West Virginia. It’s as though Trump was trying to create a Hitler youth army and the Boy Scouts leadership just stood by and allowed it to happen without much push-back.
JUST IN: Boy Scouts release statement after backlash to President Trump's speech at national jamboree pic.twitter.com/ECus8BLHgB
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 25, 2017
[UPDATE 07/27/17]: Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh wrote in a statement: “I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree.” “For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.”
Trump attacked former President Barack Obama (who was a Boy Scout, while Trump wasn’t) and Hillary Clinton, bragged about the 2016 election win, complained about “fake polls” and “fake news.” He even told the crowd of youngsters a story about his friend Jeffrey Epstein (without mentioning his name), who has been embroiled in a sex scandal.
Trump ranted about the non-existent war on Christmas, telling the kids that when they go shopping they’ll be saying “Merry Christmas” again.
Watch a portion of Donald Trump’s dumpster fire speech at the Boy Scouts Jamboree:
Of course, the backlash against the Boy Scouts continued after the organization’s weak response to Donald Trump speech:
Well, discretion would have been wise. Too bad. Thinking about the consequences would have served you well. You've lost my support. https://t.co/opPLw37HiV
— sidestepping (@3dd2340705044db) July 25, 2017
— Imriel Jay (@ItsImrielJay) July 25, 2017
This is worse than no comment at all. https://t.co/p8KCsJVy62
— Ben D. (@MsDietCoke) July 25, 2017