President Donald Trump’s angry, partisan speech to the Boy Scout Jamboree on Monday evening is still stirring controversy, and has forced the Boy Scouts of America to issue a statement defending the organization’s decision to invite the president.
“The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy,” BSA wrote. “The invitation of the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.”
JUST IN: Boy Scouts release statement after backlash to President Trump's speech at national jamboree pic.twitter.com/ECus8BLHgB
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 25, 2017
Many Twitter users were quick to note that the statement did not address the central objection to the speech — namely, that Trump used the Boy Scouts of America to attack his political opponents, and even got the Scouts to boo former President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Read some of the top reactions to BSA’s statement below.
— Karen Sandoval, CZT (@karenlynnn) July 25, 2017
Maybe they’ll have the Grand Wizard speak at next years “Jamboree”…that’s what that looked like yesterday…but hey, it’s where we’re at
— AV8 (@AV8intheblue) July 25, 2017
They need to denounce his speech and distance themselves from it!
— Joyce Hodges (@joycethodges) July 25, 2017
Not a good enough response. He turned it into a political rally, which is against BSA rules. They should be admonishing his speech.
— Kelly (@KellyFa37266594) July 25, 2017
This is a very cowardly statement @boyscouts. It’s not the Trump invitation, it’s what he said.
— Anita (@AnitaM86) July 25, 2017
Hey @boyscouts, wish you would tell us what you’re teaching your boys that they cheered this sociopath.
— SophieCT 2.9 Mil (@SophieInCT) July 25, 2017
Very much so. Total cop-out
— Trumps R Traitors (@jackie_r_c) July 25, 2017
So @boyscouts, do you condone the booing of other presidents? The lying? The inappropriate stories?Trump demanding loyalty from 13yos?!?
— Geoffrey (@whatevaGeoffrey) July 25, 2017
@boyscouts A little late with the explanation. The Boy Scouts of America = Hitler Youth of today. Congrats!
— Resistanista (@impeach_bannon) July 25, 2017
Lame, weak response. This @POTUS used these children for an unhinged partisan rant which you should properly condemn
— ResistanceTX (@ResistanceTX) July 25, 2017