Donald Trump is once again under the spotlight – in a negative light, that is – after his speech to the Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America. According to BBC, parents have expressed their disapproval, after the president delivered a way too politicised discourse, in front of thousands of boy scouts.
“Who the hell wants to speak about politics?” was how Trump began his discourse, but eventually continued by talking about former president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the “cesspool” of politics, attracting both boos and cheers.
Initially, the Jamboree had issued a warning on its blog, like they knew what was coming up, warning the president about being respectful.
Aaaand he ignored everything.
It read: “Chants of certain phrases heard during the campaign (e.g. ‘build the wall’, ‘lock her up’) are considered divisive by many members of our audience, and may cause unnecessary friction.”
In a 35-minute speech, Donald Trump talked about fake news, one of his favorite topics, but Hillary Clinton’s election campaign, as well as Barack Obama’s failure to address a Jamboree in person weren’t ignored either.
However, after all the criticism started emerging, the Boy Scouts of America declared that the discourse was “wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy”.
Besides this, the organization revealed that the invitation to Donald Trump was actually a “long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies”.
Reactions after reactions
Still, this doesn’t mean that people didn’t react on social media. The Boy Scouts of America Facebook page was invaded by angry posts, same as Instagram.
Parents, lobbyists and politicians also took to social media, citing the organisation’s values and claiming that Trump’s presence at the event had failed them.