President Donald Trump’s 19th National Boy Scout Jamboree speech Monday evening in West Virginia was received with mixed reactions – well, more negative than he would have liked.
While his tirade may have drawn cheers and applause from his supporters in attendance and elsewhere, the general response was that of shock and awe – many just listened in utter disbelief, including yours truly.
“Who the hell wants to talk about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” is what he said soon after opening his speech with a potshot at the press. “Boy, you have a lot of people. The press will say it’s about 200 people. It looks like about 45,000 people.”
It hardly took the man any time to go back on his word – which, he is pretty much adept at – of putting aside “policy fights in Washington DC” that the public has “been hearing about with the fake news and all of that.”
He did not break a sweat demeaning DC politicians when he, unabashedly, tried to tarnish them and the politics of the country which he is the Commander in Chief of.
“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.’
Now, what could be worse than that? Profanities? Well, the way things are going, it shouldn’t be long before we get to hear some real heavy ones, worthy of the man and the office he holds – sarcasm intended.
President Barak Obama – another perennial target of his ire – expectedly, was not spared this time around as well.
“By the way, just a question, did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?”
This, coming from a man who was never a boy scout himself for a former two-term president who was!
Not content with his “fake news” dig earlier, he made sure he added insult to injury – at least that’s what he thought he was doing – by further ridiculing the media.
“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?” he jibed.
“The fake media will say, President Trump spoke before a small crowd of boy scouts today,” he mocked.
Moving away from his by-now-to-be-expected attacks on President Obama, the media, politicians, and Obamacare – yes, that too came up and we will discuss it later – let’s take a look at what he said to the boy scouts for whom he was actually there.
“I’ll tell you a story that’s very interesting for me when I was young. There was a man named William Levitt — Levittowns, you have some here, you have some in different states.”
And he goes on and on talking about how the man became successful; how he met him at a cocktail party in New York; how he admitted to a young Trump that he had lost his momentum and how he finally lost everything he possessed.
Who wrote the speech for him? For heaven’s sake, he is addressing a crowd of teenagers and talking about something, actually, negative and way before their time. What happened to the unwritten commandment “know thy audience”?
Self-glorification had to feature in the speech at some stage. And, you know what? It did! It’s just that we’ve lost count of the number of times it has come up since the election 260 days ago.
“But do 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?”
Oh yes! Obamacare! Almost forgot!
The audience, mainly comprising tens of thousands of young people, mostly teenagers, got to meet the health secretary Tom Price who received a veiled threat from the Commander-in-Chief.
Talking about the vote to repeal Obamacare, which was scheduled in the Senate for Tuesday, he joked about firing Price if he failed in his bid to convince senators to support the bill.
“He better get them. He better get them. Oh, he better – otherwise, I’ll say ‘Tom, you’re fired!’ I’ll get somebody.”
Here’s a look at some of the reactions on social media;
— Leila Rice (@Leila_A_Rice) July 25, 2017
Especially appalled as I’m in a scouting family that includes two Eagle Scouts and my son aspires to be one. Disappointing, @boyscouts .
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) July 24, 2017
Liberals triggered bigly as Trump speaks the truth to 40,000 cheering scouts. Molding the future leaders.
— First Words (@unscriptedmike) July 24, 2017
As a Scout leader, my stomach is in knots about what Trump did today. If you haven’t watched it yet, don’t. It’s downright icky.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 25, 2017
My son is a Boy Scout, too. I am glad he is at camp in CA and not at Jamboree. That was horrifying.
— Mirren (@newhall89) July 25, 2017
— WINNING IN AMERICA! (@TheTrumpLady) July 25, 2017