Donald Trump basically turned the Boy Scouts of America into his own version of the Hitler Youth on Monday evening and parents and former scouts are not happy about it.
During the Boy Scout Jamboree, Trump went completely off the reservation by turning the event into a partisan political rally. He attacked President Obama, railed against the Affordable Care Act, whined about Hillary Clinton, and bragged about winning the election as 40,000 impressionable young minds watched. Trump even got them to boo Obama.
It was a speech that violated the very tenets of the Boy Scouts. And it pissed off former scouts and parents across the country, who are not aiming white-hot criticism at the Boy Scouts of America organization and demanding an explanation and apology.
This is a disgrace. As an Eagle Scout, I am deeply offended and disturbed by this. DO BETTER.
— Ben D. (@MsDietCoke) July 24, 2017
My son’s troop boycotted the jamboree & we live nearby.We’ve been in scouting for 8 yrs & are considering leaving over this. This was wrong.
— Den Mother (@lensofbooks) July 25, 2017
I’m seriously considering not joining. This is wrong. And I’m pretty sad…my hubby did scouts and we were excited to send our son
— Danja. (@BionicEgo) July 25, 2017
As an Eagle Scout, and Distinguished Eagle Scout, I’d suggest you may want to change the President tradition for a while. This was appalling
— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) July 25, 2017
I served proudly as a Boy Scout in my youth. Trump has none of the virtues of a scout, and his speech to them was, like him, embarrassing.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 25, 2017
And these are just a handful of the responses to Trump’s speech.
And, of course, the Boy Scouts of America organization refused to apologize or take responsibility for it. Instead, they issued a pathetic statement claiming that they don’t support any specific political party or policies.
“The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy. The invitation to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.”
This demonstrates that the Boy Scouts of America lack integrity and courage at a time when our nation needs it most. They should not have even allowed Trump to speak in the first place considering his past and recent behavior.
That being said, if you are a parent looking for an alternative scouting organization, you should consider Navigators USA, Camp Fire, or SpiralScouts International. These organizations are all-inclusive and won’t subject your children to political hate speech.
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