Trump's Boy Scout Speech Was More Than Embarrassing, It Was Dangerous

Monday, 31 Jul, 2017

The apology comes after a statement issued Tuesday by the Boy Scouts of America, which many have criticized for not being a honest apology or a denouncement of the president's speech.

"We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program", Surbaugh wrote.

"Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I'm in front of the Boy Scouts", he said, continuing to speak about politics.

Speaking to thousands of 12- to 18-year-olds, Trump pushed his health care agenda, bragged about his electoral college victory and talked about the so-called "war on Christmas".

Daluga also said that in his speech Trump predicted that the national media would focus on any negatives. The apology came in a statement from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, three days after Trump's speech to almost 40,000 scouts and adults gathered in West Virginia. Even though he said that no one wants to "speak about politics", he went on to fire jabs at former President Barack Obama, political correctness, and his former opponent Hillary Clinton to applause and chants of "U-S-A!" "But for our Scouting family at home not able to see these real moments of Scouting, we know the past few days have been overshadowed by the remarks offered by the President of the United States".

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But, Surbaugh wrote, "We have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters". Stephenson said Boy Scout leaders anticipated Trump would spark controversy with a politically tinged speech, yet felt obliged to invite him out of respect for his office.

As Fox News reports, conservative contributor Todd Starnes is calling on "every red-blooded, God-loving patriot to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered that word on Thursday, just after a top executive of the Boy Scouts of America issued an apology on behalf of the organization for allowing the "political rhetoric" to occur Tuesday evening at the National Scout Jamboree held in West Virginia.

He said there were 40,000 participants, including Boy Scouts, volunteers, staff and visitors. She said from her firsthand view the Jamboree was "one of the most energetic crowds" she has seen for Trump.