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Trump gave a political speech to Boy Scouts and it was total nonsense


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Donald Trump gave a speech Monday evening at the 19th National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

It is tradition for presidents to stay away from politics in their speeches, but Trump decided to do away with tradition.

Trump came prepared with a speech about the merits of being a Boy Scout, however he decided to go off script... What resulted was a long speech full of nonsense quotes about a range of topics, including healthcare, fake news and jabs made at Obama to the crowd of 40,000 Boy Scouts.

He began: “Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?”

Well, it turns out, he did.

His speech went far beyond addressing Boy Scout merits and was seeming without any direction. Here are some of the most notable (and questionable) quotes from the night, via The Guardian:

On the topic of fake news and the crowd size, he stated:

“By the way, what do you think the chances are that this incredible, massive crowd, record-setting, is going to be shown on television tonight? One per cent or zero? The fake media will say: President Trump – and you know what this is – President Trump spoke before a small crowd of Boy Scouts today. That’s some – that is some crowd. Fake media. Fake news. Thank you.”

On the topic of healthcare, he stated:

“Secretary Tom Price is also here … And hopefully, he’s going to get the votes tomorrow to start our path toward killing this thing known as Obamacare that’s really hurting us, folks. By the way, are you going to get the votes? He better get them. He better get them. Oh, he better – otherwise I’ll say, Tom, you’re fired. I’ll get somebody. He better get Senator Capito [Republican West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito] to vote for it. You got to get the other senators to vote for it. It’s time. After seven years of saying repeal and replace Obamacare, we have a chance to now do it. They better do it.”

On the topic of his winning the election, he stated:

“I have to tell you our economy is doing great. Our stock market has picked up since the election November 8. Do we remember that date? Was that a beautiful date? What a date. Do you remember that famous night on television, November 8, where they said – these dishonest people – where they said there is no path to victory for Donald Trump? … But do you remember that incredible night with the maps and the Republicans are red and the Democrats are blue, and that map was so red, it was unbelievable and they didn’t know what to say? And you know we have a tremendous disadvantage in the electoral college – popular vote is much easier.”

At one point, he started talking about people being able to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again. He stated:

"And by the way, under the Trump administration, you’ll be saying Merry Christmas again when you go shopping. Believe me. Merry Christmas. They’ve been downplaying that little beautiful phrase. You’re going to be saying Merry Christmas again, folks.”

Then, he made a comment that insinuated that the children he was addressing voted for him in the recent election. He stated:

“So I have to tell you, what we did, in all fairness, is an unbelievable tribute to you and all of the other millions and millions of people that came out and voted for Make America Great Again.”

And, finally, a quote getting a lot of attention is Trump’s comment about former president Obama. He stated:

“By the way, just a question, did President Obama ever come to a jamboree? And we’ll be back. We’ll be back. The answer is no, but we’ll be back.”

Every U.S. president has acted as the Boy Scouts’ honorary president since 1910. Obama held this role but declined to speak at the jamboree due to Boy Scout policies against gay scouts and scout leaders. These policies have since been changed, but Trump did not miss the opportunity to point out Obama’s previous absence.

Many people on Twitter expressed discontent with Trump's speech.

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