McLaughlin on Boy Scouts Speech

  • McLaughlin on Boy Scouts Speech

McLaughlin on Boy Scouts Speech

Usually, this event treats partisan politics with a degree of self-restraint, but that expectation was dashed in President Trump's Monday address to a crowd that included a lot of children who had come together with a common objective and a sense of unity.

"The invitation for the sitting USA president to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies". He arrived to riotous applause and got the scouts to boo Obama when he asked, "Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?" "The individual who by inaction or by opposition slows up honest, practical, far-seeing community effort is the fellow who is holding back civilization and holding back the objectives of the Constitution of the United States", he said.

"When all is said and done, those Boy Scouts, what they will remember from the jamboree in West Virginia is that the president showed up", Nauert said. "Bonds of common goal and common ideals can unite people, even when they come from the most distant and diverse places".

Many parents called on the Boy Scouts of America to condemn Mr Trump's speech and were further angered by the organisation's lukewarm response. In the lengthy 35-minute speech, the president threatened to fire his Health and Human Services Secretary if he couldn't convince members of Congress to vote for the Republican healthcare bill.

Trump kicked off his speech by saying, to cheers from the boys, "Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I'm in front of the Boy Scouts?"

"I just don't think it was appropriate", said Rob Romalewski, a Republican and retired information-technology expert from suburban New Orleans who attained the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager and has worked with the Boy Scouts all his adult life.

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"I won't go into any more than that cause you're Boy Scouts", Trump continues. "So I'm not going to tell you what he did". And by the way, under the Trump administration, you'll be saying "Merry Christmas" again when you go shopping. In another, he talked about a billionaire friend who sold his company, bought a yacht and led "a very interesting life". Then he said he'd run into the man at a cocktail party.

Urging the scouts to pursue their goals with passion, Trump said at one point: "Never quit".

"The Boy Scouts of America is wholly nonpartisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate, or philosophy", the organization told Business Insider in a statement.

Scouts for Equality lobbied the Boy Scouts to end its ban on openly gay and transgender scouts and leaders.

"The wrong speech at the wrong place at the wrong time", he added.