Angry parents from across America are fighting back after President Donald Trump’s mind-numbingly stupid speech to the Boy Scouts national meeting this week.
Trump was invited to address the Boy Scouts Jamboree, a national gathering with thousands of scouts and troop leaders from across the country. Throughout the speech, Trump made inappropriate remarks and needlessly politicized the youth event.
Now Trump is getting roasted by parents of Boy Scouts, who say he went too far with his distasteful political stunt in front of 40,000 young children. Hundreds of parents have requested that Trump no longer be invited to attend such events with their children.
Trump has brought a whole new level of scandal and shame onto the office of the presidency. As many observers have pointed out, presidents have been visiting the Boy Scouts Jamboree for about 80 years now, and none of them has ever used it as an opportunity to take political shots like Trump did.
For 80 years, American presidents have been speaking to the National Scout Jamboree, a gathering of tens of thousands of youngsters from around the world eager to absorb the ideas of service, citizenship and global diplomacy.
In keeping with the Scouts’ traditions, all eight presidents and surrogates who have represented them have stayed far, far away from partisan politics.
… [Trump] bragged about the “record” crowd size, bashed President Barack Obama, criticized the “fake media” and trashed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In the lengthy 35-minute speech, the president threatened to fire his health and human services secretary if he couldn’t persuade members of Congress to vote for the Republican health-care bill.
Those kinds of messages have no place at a youth gathering – previous presidents used the speech as a chance to praise the Boy Scouts organization and emphasize the importance of their shared values. Trump, however, took it as a chance to spread his hateful rhetoric some more.
The behavior that Trump has displayed repeatedly over the past year is beneath the office of the presidency.