Donald Trump Gives Speech To Boy Scouts, Twitter Erupts As Parents Pledge To Pull Sons Out Of Scouting

Jonathan Vankin - Author

Jul. 24 2017, Updated 7:49 p.m. ET

Donald Trump on Monday delivered what has been characterized as a highly partisan speech to an audience of 35,000 Boy Scouts of America, and even before he had finished speaking, parents had taken to Twitter to register their protests against the “divisive” nature of Trump’s Boy Scout speech — and saying they would pull their sons out of the 107-year-old youth organization.

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Trump spoke starting at about 6:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Beaver, West Virginia, on Monday and almost immediately he embarked on what some who watched the speech called a “rant” in which he boasted about his electoral college election victory, railed against “fake news” and ridiculed his 2016 Democratic election opponent Hillary Clinton for supposedly ignoring Michigan and Wisconsin in her campaign.

While media reports put the crowd size at about 35,000, Trump himself claimed that there were 45,000 in attendance for his speech.

He also elicited a loud “boo” from the Scouts directed at President Barack Obama after telling the assembled boys that Obama never spoke to a national scout jamboree. While it is correct that Obama did not address the quadrennial Boy Scout gathering in person during his eight-year tenure as President of the United States, the former president as a youth was a member of the Boy Scouts of America — as were former presidents John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.


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