Donald Trump’s speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia was…just a teensy bit unhinged. Not only did he curse in front of children, threaten to fire his HHS secretary, and whine that the “FAKE NEWS” won’t show the crowd size, and brag to a bunch of kids about the redness of the electoral map — but he also demanded that the children assembled show him “more loyalty.”
“Boy Scout values are American values and great Boy Scouts become great, great Americans,” Trump told the assembled crowd of 40,000 kids. “As the scout law says (he pronounced it ‘say’ with an ‘s’ at the end) a Scout is trustworthy, loyal…”
“We could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that,” Trump said, apparently demanding a loyalty pledge from children.
This was met with “boos” before they were drowned out by a group chant of “A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”
It was a really creepy moment.
Trump tells 40,000 Boy Scouts: "We could really use some more loyalty, I will tell you that." pic.twitter.com/7gQ04lsdU5
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 24, 2017
There was another world leader who demanded loyalty of children, and Americans on Twitter were quick to make the connection:
— Saul Adamson Ω (@tinyfingresist) July 24, 2017
That’s what I was thinking! I feel like I am watching some documentary on The Hitler Youth! WTH!?
— Jen Cross (@JenCross27) July 24, 2017
“We want our folk to be loyal, and you must learn this loyalty.” – Hitler to German youth in 1939
— Rot Land Dump (@dogslifehere) July 24, 2017
Hitler civilian oath:
“Ich schwöre: Ich werde dem Führer…”
(“I swear: I will be faithful and obedient to the leader…) pic.twitter.com/Uo04ehz9Z1
— Zelda (@ZeldaShagnasty) July 24, 2017
Reminds me of what Hitler did to his youth
— Cassie (@CasseArk) July 24, 2017
Now, like The Hitler Youths, he is expecting personal oaths of loyalty from scouts!
— Howard C (@hcfishing4) July 24, 2017
— cartogeek (@cartogeek) July 24, 2017
— jamesmpope (@jamesmpope) July 24, 2017
hitler youth comes to mind….https://t.co/1zMnoI3sA8
— mary callan (@marycallan1086) July 24, 2017
Recruiting Hitler Youth? Needs these boys, their families, their votes. Exploiting the Boy Scouts, the Charlie Brown do gooders of USA.
— Sharon Leff❄️ (@sharon_leff) July 24, 2017
You know who else demanded loyalty from the country’s youth…? pic.twitter.com/EbfdYu7ASs
— Anthony E. Cardenas (@TheGestaltMan) July 24, 2017
This is frightening, if it wasn’t already.
During his campaign, Donald Trump said, “you either have a country or you don’t.” It’s time for Republicans to get on board with impeachment so we still have a country when this is all through.
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