Boy Scouts of America: Condemn Donald Trump’s Propaganda Speech

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As an Eagle Scout and former adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America, I am sickened and outraged by the political spectacle and propaganda peddled in President Donald Trump’s speech before the Boy Scouts National Jamboree. As someone who has studied politics and propaganda, I worry about the impact President Trump’s remarks may have on our nation’s children.

The Boy Scout Law says “A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.” Trump, documented well in the media for his numerous lies, bigotry, sexism, and inciting violence, undermines everything the Scout Law represents.

It is no coincidence that Donald Trump has been compared to Adolf Hitler by world leaders. It is no coincidence that David Duke said he and Trump share the same message, that Trump inspired the Ku Klux Klan to celebrate, or that Trump got many people at the Boy Scout jamboree to boo President Barack Obama, our nation’s first black president.

Donald Trump has advocated for a discriminatory ban against all Muslims. He also advocates for a racist border wall with Mexico, a wall sold through racist stereotypes about Mexican people.

Donald Trump has made many gross and disparaging remarks about women. A man who said he “moved on her like a b*tch” and that we should “Grab em by the p*ssy” should not be allowed to address our nation’s children and future men.

As if these were not enough causes for concern, Trump’s speech before the Boy Scout was laden with his divisive political propaganda. He referenced, for example, his exaggerated claims about his inauguration audience size and yet again attacked the media with his mention of “fake media” and “fake news.” He also inappropriately drew upon the “America First” slogan popularized by Nazi sympathizers and again pushed his “make America great again” campaign slogan. Trump also used his speech to push his energy plan and to build support for his signature health care plan that will leave millions uninsured. Cumulatively, Trump used his speech before the Boy Scouts to push his political agenda. Trump’s speech amounted to a campaign rally for 2018 and 2020.

Even as honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America, President Donald Trump should never have been allowed to address the Boy Scout Jamboree. He should not have been allowed to turn his speech into what was, in effect, a campaign rally. He especially should never have been given the chance to spread his propaganda or to speak to our influential children.

It is time for the Boy Scouts to condemn President Trump’s remarks and to issue an immediate apology for his invitation to speak before the Boy Scout jamboree. Please sign this petition to call for an end to Donald Trump’s dishonesty, bigotry, sexism, and political propaganda and to call for the Boy Scouts to condemn Donald Trump’s remarks and politicizing the Boy Scouts of America, an organization that shapes our nation’s future.



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