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Column: The Whiteboard Jungle: Trump’s speech at Boy Scout Jamboree was embarrassing, to say the least

Further proof that the words dignity and Trump will never form a complete sentence was his inappropriate remarks last Monday at the Boy Scouts’ National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

Trump hijacked the Scouts’ largest event occurring every four years and put the focus on his favorite subject — himself.

Addressing 35,000 Scouts ages 12 through 17, Trump claimed there were 45,000:

“You set a record today,” he said.

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He still overestimates how many people come out to see him, and wanting others to believe wherever he appears, large crowds and long ovations break records.

Trump spoke for 38 minutes, not caring that this venue was not the place for his stump speech.

Promising to “put aside all of the policy fights” because “who the hell wants to speak to politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts,” Trump proceeded to do just that.

Within minutes, he veered away from the teleprompter remarks, always a cover-your-eyes moment, and resurrected his favorite audience-pleasing targets: healthcare (“killing this horrible thing called Obamacare”), the media (“these dishonest people”), and election day (“was that a beautiful date”).

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It didn’t help that some of America’s best kids behaved like a Jerry Springer audience, chanting the jingoistic “USA, USA.”

He highlighted members of his cabinet, some present on stage, who were Boy Scouts, curiously overlooking Eagle Scout and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, who was not there.

He joked about getting rid of Health and Human Resources secretary Tom Price if Obamacare isn’t repealed, using his old chestnut, “you’re fired.”

When meaning to say “American success,” out came “American sex,” quite a Freudian slip, considering Trump’s mindset.

When he boasted that President Obama never came to a Jamboree, Trump turned to the cabinet members behind him where they guffawed about the comment, public servants joining in the mockery of a former president in front of an impressionable audience.

Actually, Obama did record a 94-second greeting in 2010 for the Boy Scouts’ centennial. Understanding his audience, Obama eschewed politicking and instead celebrated Scouts in history, including those who aided during World War II.

Obama could have gained their favor by mentioning his Scouting days, something Trump would have exploited to no end, but he didn’t.

Meanwhile, Trump rambled about real-estate builder William Levett, who “bought a yacht and a very interesting life” intimating, what, that he was a ladies’ man?

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If I couldn’t make sense of this story, imagine how a 13-year-old absorbed it.

The speech dragged on for so long that Energy Secretary Rick Perry can be seen in the background using his phone.

Referencing his election, Trump said, “What we did is an unbelievable tribute to you.” Wait a minute, most of the crowd hasn’t even reached voting age yet.

Then, out of nowhere he said “under the Trump administration, you’ll be saying, ‘Merry Christmas’ again when you go shopping.” It is July, right?

Trump told the Scouts, “You should take great pride in the example you set for every citizen of our country to follow . . . you inherit a noble American tradition . . . remember your duty, honor your history.”

If only Trump could have been in the audience hearing his own words pertaining to the presidency. Trump needs to take great pride for inheriting a position only 44 other Americans were blessed to hold and honor their history as well.

Instead, he torches their legacy.

And he taints the spirit of the Boy Scouts’ oath “to help other people at all times,” for back in 1989, the Trump Foundation donated $7 to the organization, according to the Washington Post. This was when $7 was the membership fee and when Don Jr. was 11 years old.

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Showing how even when it comes to helping others, Trump’s most important cause is himself. And that is why Trump could never be a Boy Scout.

BRIAN CROSBY is a teacher in the Glendale Unified School District and the author of “Smart Kids, Bad Schools” and “The $100,00 Teacher.” He can be reached at www.brian-crosby.com.


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