President Donald Trump delivered a speech to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday night, and some reporters were outraged by his remarks.
In his speech to tens of thousands of Boy Scouts, Trump blasted the media, pushed for the repeal of Obamacare, criticized his predecessor in the White House, and made a pointed remark about "loyalty." Some reporters were left aghast at Trump's speech.
Trump repeated a favorite campaign talking point about how the news networks would not show the size of the crowd. Reporters from CNN and NBC tweeted out screenshots of their television screens to show that news networks were showing the size of the crowd at the jamboree.
As @CNN shows tons of shots of crowd (LIVE), Trump insists the media won't air his rally or show the true size of the crowd. Unbelievable.
— Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston) July 24, 2017
Every time Trump says the cameras refuse to show the crowds, the CNN cameras … show the crowds pic.twitter.com/6f0I5y4K8a
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 24, 2017
— Kristin Donnelly (@kristindonnelly) July 24, 2017
When Trump talked about the possible repeal of Obamacare, many scouts responded with chants of "U-S-A." MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes responded by declaring that everything is a culture war.
Everything is culture war. Everything. https://t.co/r7oxht050i
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 24, 2017
Some compared Trump's speech to Hilter and called it a rally for "white supremacists."
Trump constantly speaks about loyalty. He did so tonight w/ the Boy Scouts. Hitler demanded a personal oath of loyalty from German military.
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) July 25, 2017
I really hate invoking Hitler because it is sensational 99% of the time but god damn does he make this look like a Hitler Youth rally. https://t.co/AmQMoZ8Woq
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) July 24, 2017
White supremacist rally.
As Trump's presidency implodes, he will lean more and more on white nationalism for the applause he lives for. https://t.co/MQbFMOGhRL
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) July 25, 2017
Washington Post editor Jia Lynn Yang wondered how the Boy Scouts could be political when it is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Serious question: is this Boy Scouts event a tad political for an organization that's a 501(c)(3)?
— Jia Lynn Yang (@jialynnyang) July 24, 2017
Other reporters shared their disgust with Trump's words and the effect they could have on the Boy Scouts.
This is truly disturbing to watch and scary to think of what Trump is doing to America's children. https://t.co/ex28hrUTib
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) July 24, 2017
I am not a fan of the Boy Scouts as an organization. Hosting Trump and shrugging off his fascist rally seems typical to me.
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) July 25, 2017
What American institution is going to survive Trump unscathed? Not even the Boy Scouts, so likely nothing.
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) July 25, 2017