Parents have expressed anger after President Donald Trump delivered a highly politicized speech to tens of thousands of young boys gathered at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, where the president railed against Hillary Clinton, got thousands of Boy Scouts to boo former President Barack Obama, bragged about his election victory and lashed out at the news media.
The Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America is held every four years and drew about 35,000 scouts from the ages of 12 to 18 to the latest event, according to BBC.
At one point, Trump told the Boy Scouts he couldn’t recount part of his story because it was not suitable for the young children.
“I won’t go into any more than that cause you’re Boy Scouts,” Trump said, hinting at an orgy as Death & Taxes noted. “So I’m not going to tell you what he did.”
Former Boy Scouts and current Boy Scout parents took to social media to lash out at the organization and many demanded that the Boy Scouts of America condemn the president’s rambling 35-minute speech.
One parent wrote: “Done with scouts after you felt the need to have my kid listen to a liar stroke his ego.”
“Please apologize for inviting the president to address the Jamboree,” wrote former Eagle Scout, Tim Horneman. “You had to know he would say something dumb/offensive/ridiculous — and he did, of course. In the process, he got Scouts to degrade themselves and embarrassed those of us who are proud of our school-age days in Scouting.”
“As a former Scout, as well as a former employee of Philmont Scout Ranch, I am beyond appalled that the Jamboree was turned into a political rally tonight,” wrote another Facebook user. “Unless the BSA condemns the President’s conduct (which included bullying, name-calling, and swearing) in strong and clear terms, I will know that there is no place for my two sons in scouting.”
“As the parent of a new Cub Scout, I will expect an appropriate statement about what happened at the Jamboree tonight,” wrote Facebook user Mary Samsell. “You are not responsible for what the President said, or even for the disrespect that some of those in attendance showed booing the former President (and Scout), but you are responsible for how you respond and the message that sends.”
— Leila Rice (@Leila_A_Rice) July 25, 2017
— Lori (@seagal_lori) July 24, 2017
My son is a Boy Scout, too. I am glad he is at camp in CA and not at Jamboree. That was horrifying.
— Mirren (@newhall89) July 25, 2017
As a Scout leader, my stomach is in knots about what Trump did today. If you haven't watched it yet, don't. It's downright icky.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 25, 2017