President Trump gave a speech at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia last night. The event, which is held every four years, has gotten social media talking after it seemed to turn into more of a political rally. During the speech, Trump commented on how big the crowd was, encouraged the children to boo former President Barack Obama, railed against Hillary Clinton and the "cesspool" of politics, and brought up his electoral college victory.
Unsurprisingly, people took issue with Trump making a speech for children so political. Former and current Boy Scouts took to Twitter to voice their disapproval, including Ted Genoways, whose thread has since gone viral.
My grandfather was a scoutmaster for 40 yrs. He was awarded the Silver Beaver. The youth leadership award in that council is named for him.— Ted Genoways (@TedGenoways) July 25, 2017
Not long ago, my son and I went through the family collection of old Scout stuff. By trading, we have Jambo patches from 1933 to 1989.— Ted Genoways (@TedGenoways) July 25, 2017
Thankfully, we were not among those in today's crowd. But there must be others there with stories like ours. Trump trampled that tradition.— Ted Genoways (@TedGenoways) July 25, 2017
As Scouts, we were taught never to make our service about politics. Scouts are not supposed to appear in uniform at political events.— Ted Genoways (@TedGenoways) July 25, 2017
It's the worst kind of desecration, and it he does it repeatedly and without a second thought.— Ted Genoways (@TedGenoways) July 25, 2017
Many others also condemned President Trump.
I'm an Eagle Scout. Trump using the 30,000 BoyScouts as his props tonight was a scene out of Triumph of the Will. Shocking abuse of children— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 25, 2017
I served proudly as a Boy Scout in my youth. Trump has none of the virtues of a scout, and his speech to them was, like him, embarrassing.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 25, 2017
I was a Boy Scout for five or six years. The whole point of the experience was to teach kids not to grow up to be like Donald Trump.— Mark Salter (@MarkSalter55) July 25, 2017
I was a Boy Scout in a troop with a lot of black boys & watching the Trump rally reminds me of how we would often feel when we went to camp.— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) July 25, 2017
In response, the Boy Scouts of America insisted they were "wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy." They claimed that the invitation was "long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies."
But based on the current state of their Facebook page, families are waiting on a sterner statement.