In a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal, Donald Trump went full Trump and bragged about the way his speech to the Boy Scouts was received – particularly from their leader. He actually claimed that the reaction to that farce of a speech was anything but mixed, and that the “head of the Boy Scouts [said] it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them.”
Is that anything like his doctor saying he would be the healthiest person ever to be elected to the presidency? Probably. Everything about Trump is the biggest and best in history to his delusional mind (and those of his friends, family and fans). His speech actually drew a lot of outrage from parents of Scouts and former Scouts over its highly inappropriate content. The reaction was mixed at best.
Trump seemed to demand loyalty from the Scouts; he threatened to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price over the Trumpcare vote; he talked about a cocktail party in a rather…ahem…improper way, while hinting at an orgy there. He also talked about Election Day and his big, nearly impossible victory. Trump even assured them that they’d be saying “Merry Christmas” again under his leadership. He even got the Scouts to start chanting “U-S-A” and had them boo President Obama.
The result was outrage, particularly on the Boy Scouts’ Facebook page. Maybe since Facebook is not Twitter, Trump was able to pretend that the outcry from angry parents, former Scouts and many who were unfortunate enough to have to sit through it didn’t exist.
The Boy Scouts’ leader, Michael Surbaugh, initially issued a pathetic non-statement about it, and later, ended up apologizing to the entire organization and the country for it three days later. He even went so far as to call for the Scouts to play a role in healing the growing political divide in this country.
Given the Scouts’ ongoing commitment to non-partisanship and the history of former presidents giving non-political speeches to the Scouts, it’s not bloody likely that Surbaugh called Trump to say his speech was the “greatest speech that was ever made to them.” Surbaugh may have called, but treated it like the best ever? We don’t know, but come on.
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