A Boy Scout is, apparently, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
That’s according to the Scout values that many are citing in contrast with President Trump’s speech at Monday’s Boy Scouts of America 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. The president, who wasn’t a Boy Scout, turned the event into one of his political rallies after he said he wasn’t going to talk about politics.
He went from “who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” to taking on health care, winning the electoral college, draining the swamp, fake news, New York cocktail parties, and the sexual proclivities of old rich men for good measure.
Trump himself started to cite Scout values after he reverted to rally mode and sounded like he was on the campaign trail.
“Boy Scout values are American values, and great Boy Scouts become great, great Americans. As the Scout Law says: ‘A Scout is trustworthy, loyal’ — we could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that,” he told the crowd.
The crowd finished the list of values for him.
Many took to Twitter to call out Trump for his noticeably anti-Boy Scout behavior, starting with the whole saying one thing and then doing another thing.
Trump now has the Boy Scouts booing Hillary Clinton. “She didn’t work hard” in Wisconsin and Michigan.
— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) July 24, 2017
As part of one devastating Twitter thread, one longtime Boy Scout called out Trump for making his national appearance about himself, politicizing the Scouts, and — the kicker — once borrowing $7 from his charity to pay his son’s Boy Scout registration fee.
And yet, Trump saw fit to turn the largest gathering of Boy Scouts into a political gathering, as if they had come together only to see him.
— Ted Genoways (@TedGenoways) July 25, 2017
Former White House photographer Pete Souza, who can always be counted on in such situations, got in on the Boy Scout-Trump shade with a photo of Barack Obama with a Cub Scout. The caption is too real: “I can assure you, POTUS was not telling this Cub Scout and the Boy Scouts who followed about his electoral college victory.”
The Boy Scouts organization, for its part, said it invited Trump because he’s the president, not because of his politics.
What it got was politics. And — though those in attendance cheered and chanted — a whole lot of anger from former Scouts.