After President Donald Trump gave a heavily politicized speech at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday, people took to social media to ask the nonpolitical organization to denounce his remarks.
And now scouting troops could see a decrease in membership as parents plan to pull their children from the organization.
Eagle Scouts and scouting families voiced displeasure with the organization for allowing Trump to tell the 40,000 scouts gathered that he would kill Obamacare, that Washington DC is a cesspool, and that he told the children a story about a yacht party laden with innuendo.
After the Boy Scouts organization issued a tepid statement on Tuesday morning that did not directly condemn the speech, upset families announced their intention to leave the Boy Scouts of America on the organization’s Facebook page and on Twitter.
How many DECENT parents will be pulling their kids out of Boy Scouts after this disgusting event? https://t.co/Xp8hdLDJWF
— jc5502 (@jc5502) July 24, 2017
I'll be pulling my son out of boy scouts after this disgusting episode, wouldn't want him to attend another Trump rally at a jamboree.
— RobMcLaughlin (@RobMcLaughlin30) July 25, 2017
Just saw what you allowed the president to do to 40thousand young men… I'm pulling my boys out of the boy scouts.
— Sal Frate (@FrateSal) July 25, 2017
Our family is pulling all 14 Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts out of BSA immediately after what was basically hitler youth rally YOU CHEERED ON!
— Mme. Liz (@mmeliz) July 25, 2017
The Boy Scout Organization should denounce what happened tonight as outside the norm and NOT okay. Otherwise, a lot of us are leaving scouts https://t.co/0VIPnzfpjU
— Suzy Q (@SuzyQuest) July 25, 2017
Disgusting ! Removing my son from an organization that thinks it's ok to have that hateful loathsome brute Trump speak to scouts !
— Molly Miller (@missmolly9470) July 25, 2017
It remains to be seen whether or not the families plan to follow through with their intentions, but the organization has struggled to maintain membership over the years already, and such a move could doom the Boy Scouts.
Camps have been forced to close after the ranks have thinned in recent years, and the organization has been caught between both sides of the political aisle over its hesitation and then admittance of gay and transgender members. One of the organization’s strongest allies, the Mormon church, has dropped its Boy Scouts programs for children aged 14-18 this year, which could reduce numbers by nearly 200,000 scouts.
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