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.
1/2 Here is President Trump's entire speech to thousands of kids at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree. It is worth reading what he told them. pic.twitter.com/tLmUL7nczk— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 25, 2017
Considering the young audience involved, Twitter was full of people worried about the kids:
An Unforgettable Speech
I don't think I'll forget that Boy Scouts speech. The President of the United States is indoctrinating children into hatred.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) July 24, 2017
(and not in the good way.)
An Adult's Mistake
Please don't blame the Boy Scouts for Trump's inappropriate speech. Blame Trump for how he used those kids to pump up his own "adult" ego.— 3x09 Michael Carlson (@3X09) July 25, 2017
Kids didn't ask to be exposed to an ego-fluffing rally.
Sen. Chris Murphy Found It "Icky"
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
For someone involved with the Scouts, he found it difficult to watch.
"There Is No Bottom"
There is no bottom. Trump sees a bunch of Boy Scouts and sees nothing but another crowd to aggrandize himself to. Shameful. https://t.co/SOqzui9XOV— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 24, 2017
There's the recurring theme of prioritizing an adult's ego over children.
Know Your Audience
In the last couple of days, Trump has turned speeches to the troops and the Boy Scouts into political rallies mostly about himself https://t.co/y3khylnQR9— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 24, 2017
Instead, critics believe these speeches should be about the communities he's addressing.
Well, When You Put It Like That ...
Trump is currently bragging to teenage Boy Scouts about his election victory despite his "tremendous disadvantage in the electoral college"— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) July 24, 2017
It sounds a little bit pathetic.
Unreal. Trump bellows his bile to Boy Scouts at national Jamboree. He is slamming Obama, DC, enemies--to a group of kids! No shame. Sad!— Chris Tucker (@ctucker0091) July 24, 2017
Who's actually benefitting from this speech?
When They Go Lower ...
Trump urged these young kids of Boy Scouts to show hatred and boo their former president.. I thought Trump could not get any lower .. He did pic.twitter.com/lkmPyA7nQ9— Susan Hunt (@StSusanHunt) July 25, 2017
They politicized a children's event.
Fanning The Fake News Flames?
“These dishonest people,” President Trump calls the media while recounting his electoral college victory to kids at the Boy Scouts Jamboree— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 24, 2017
Here's hoping kids don't learn from his contempt for the fourth estate.
These Kids Didn't Ask For This
@boyscouts I'm disappointed in politicization of the Boy Scouts. These kids didn't ask to participate in a Trump celebration. Sad. Truly.— Harold Miner (@haroldminer23) July 25, 2017
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.