Donald Trump spoke before 40,000 scouts yesterday at the Boy Scout Jamboree, an annual meeting of scouts from across the country that includes contests, games, eating around the campfire, and “inspirational” speakers. In the case of Trump, that inspiration came in the form of attacking the government, the press, and telling teenagers about the urgent need to destroy health care.
Trump informed the scouts that the speech was going to put politics aside—after opening with a remark about how the media was sure to underreport the event’s attendance numbers and dropping in a “fake news.” But Trump’s promise to be apolitical lasted all of 30 seconds, as he told his young audience what he thought about his friends in Congress.
You know, I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp, and it’s not a good place. In fact, today, I said we ought to change it from the word “swamp” to the word “cesspool” or perhaps to the word “sewer.”
Your government is a sewer—a fine lesson for those who Trump called “young patriots.” And Trump didn’t even get past the introductions before he began attacking the Affordable Care Act.
Secretary Tom Price is also here today. Dr. Price still lives the Scout oath, helping to keep millions of Americans strong and healthy as our secretary of Health and Human Services. And he’s doing a great job. And hopefully he’s going to gets the votes tomorrow to start our path toward killing this horrible thing known as Obamacare that’s really hurting us.
Trump then began his masterclass on loyalty … by threatening to fire Price if the GOP Senate bill fails.
Trump informed the scouts that it was secretary’s duty to secure votes from senators.
By the way, are you going to get the votes? He better get them. He better get them. Oh, he better. Otherwise I’ll say, “Tom, you’re fired.” I’ll get somebody.
Because that responsibility couldn’t possibly fall on Trump. And within moments of telling Price he’d be fired if he couldn’t produce, Trump made the one-directional nature of loyalty perfectly clear.
As the Scout law says, a scout is trustworthy, loyal — we could use some more loyalty I will tell that you that.
Supporting Trump is loyalty. Trump supporting anyone else is … ludicrous.
At that point, Trump went back to attacking the media, first treating the event as if it was a Trump Youth rally and complaining that it wouldn’t get coverage.
I’m waving to people back there so small I can’t even see them. Man, this is a lot of people. Turn those cameras back there, please. That is so incredible.
By the way, what do you think the chances are that this incredible massive crowd, record setting, is going to be shown on television tonight? One percent or zero?
The fake media will say, “President Trump spoke” — you know what is — “President Trump spoke before a small crowd of Boy Scouts today.” That’s some — that is some crowd. Fake media. Fake news.
Your government is a sewer. The free press is fake. Remember that, kids.
Trump then followed this with an unbelievably inspirational story—of a real estate developer who sold his company for millions, bought a yacht, and spent a lot of time in the south of France. Then how this guy turned into a failure, and lost everything, but he met Donald Trump and recognized that Trump was even better than him. Of course, he was still a failure. Unlike Trump.
Seriously. That was Trump’s inspirational story for the scouts. Selling a corporation, buying a yacht, doing a lot of “stuff” in the south of France, and having problems with a zoning ordinance. Plus ultimately being a failure.
Which was followed by Trump going into an extended bragging session about the election, encouraging the scouts to cheer for his election, more bragging about the election, and a valuable lesson in orienteering.
Do you remember that famous night on television, November 8th where they said, these dishonest people, where they said, there is no path to victory for Donald Trump. They forgot about the forgotten people.
By the way, they’re not forgetting about the forgotten people anymore. They’re going crazy trying to figure it out, but I told them, far too late; it’s far too late.
But you remember that incredible night with the maps, and the Republicans are red and the Democrats are blue, and that map was so red it was unbelievable. And they didn’t know what to say.
Trump then explained why winning the popular vote was easy, and the electoral vote was hard.
And, because he’d run through everything else, Donald Trump then went to … the War on Christmas. No. Really.
And by the way, under the Trump administration you’ll be saying “Merry Christmas” again when you go shopping, believe me.
They’ve been downplaying that little beautiful phrase. You’re going to be saying “Merry Christmas” again, folks.
Or else, dammit. Trump finished out by explaining to teenagers how great it was that he was spending billions more on military equipment—because, after all, they will soon be the prime age to use that new gear.
The whole speech was monstrous enough that it drew massive complaints from those in attendance and scouts from across the nation. Enough so that the Boy Scouts of America felt compelled to make a little speech of their own.
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JUST IN: Boy Scouts release statement after backlash to President Trump's speech at national jamboree pic.twitter.com/ECus8BLHgB
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 25, 2017
JUST IN: Boy Scouts release statement after backlash to President Trump’s speech at national jamboree pic.twitter.com/ECus8BLHgB
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 25, 2017