The Internet Condemns Trump’s Boy Scout Speech As Shamefully Desperate
President Donald Trump's appearance at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia caught the attention and anger of critics on Monday when his speech shifted into highly political territory. The Internet responded to Trump's Boy Scouts speech, calling it "shameful," "icky," and "sad," among other things. Some even criticized the president for rehashing some of his oldest talking points to the crowd of children and essentially turning the event into a rally.
In his short speech, Trump managed to trash talk Obamacare, threaten to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if his healthcare agenda doesn't get passed, take aim at his former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton for her campaign style, go after the "fake media," retell the story of his electoral college victory, talk about how people don't say "Merry Christmas" anymore, criticize (and encourage booing of) former President Barack Obama, and tell a long-winded story about being invited to another rich man's cocktail party. All in a day's work, right?
Trump's critics were troubled by the way the event seemed to mirror Trump's other rally appearances — particularly how it emphasized pro-Trump patriotism (and the "loyalty" he's so crazy about) without ever really offering too much of substance to the kids.
Considering the young audience involved, Twitter was full of people worried about the kids:
An Unforgettable Speech
(and not in the good way.)
An Adult's Mistake
Kids didn't ask to be exposed to an ego-fluffing rally.
Sen. Chris Murphy Found It "Icky"
For someone involved with the Scouts, he found it difficult to watch.
"There Is No Bottom"
There's the recurring theme of prioritizing an adult's ego over children.
Know Your Audience
Instead, critics believe these speeches should be about the communities he's addressing.
Well, When You Put It Like That ...
It sounds a little bit pathetic.
Who's actually benefitting from this speech?
When They Go Lower ...
They politicized a children's event.
Fanning The Fake News Flames?
Here's hoping kids don't learn from his contempt for the fourth estate.
These Kids Didn't Ask For This
And they certainly didn't sign up for a Trump rally.
For many critics of Trump's Boy Scout appearance, there's a hope that next time he'll leave the kids out of it.