The Boy Scouts of America are NOT here for Donald Trump‘s offensive speech!
As we reported, POTUS was invited (like every other sitting President) to speak at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree, where he took the opportunity to bring up things like the size of his inauguration crowd (still!), the current health care bill, The Apprentice, Christmas, winning the election, living in New York high society back before these kids were even born, and did we mention winning the election?
It was truly something else.
Anyway, it has garnered a lot of attention for numerous reasons over the past week — but mainly because it was super offensive, ill-informed, and took away attention from all of these scouts’ accomplishments.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, Michael Surbaugh, apologized to anyone who might’ve been alarmed by Trump’s words and said their intention was never to make a political statement.
Let’s be clear… The Boy Scouts of America. Are apologizing. For the behavior. Of the President of the United States. We just…
“…We know the past few days have been overshadowed by the remarks offered by the President of the United States. I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.”
“While we live in a challenging time in a country divided along political lines, the focus of Scouting remains the same today as every day.”
Aw, poor guy.
Let’s just hope Trump won’t be invited back next year.