To the left, the big takeaway from President Trump’s speech to the Boy Scouts is that the Boy Scouts look a lot like the Hitler Youth.
They have uniforms. They cheer the leader when he speaks. They are proud of their country and way of life. They think they are preserving something important for tomorrow – or even a thousand years of tomorrows.
To complete the scene, Donald Trump, the president of the United States, spoke about politics to the young people. And the crowd seemed to come down strongly on his side about preserving America’s way of life, responsibly exploring for energy and repealing Obamacare.
That was enough for many on the left to conclude this was no meeting of the Boy Scouts but rather one of the Hilter Youth. Jon Wolfsthal, formerly a White House national security aide under President Obama but now one of those people who spends his days trying to convince fellow lefties to clog the phone lines of senators ahead of big votes, went big.
“Is nothing safe?” he said in a tweet published on Fox News Insider. @realDonaldTrump turns @boyscouts event into Nazi Youth rally. Boy Scouts must repudiate such a disgraceful display.” By, one assumes, calling their senators.
Nancy Lee Grahn, a soap opera actress who also is becoming annoyed that the Russia scam investigation at times pre-empts her show, tweeted: “Tragically, #boyscouts in 2017 applaud Trump just like the all blonde blue eyed youth did for Hitler in the 30s.”
John Haltiwanger, who is not just a political writer but the senior political writer at Elite Daily, which bills itself as “the voice of Generation Y,” sounded a similar theme. “Trump has officially succeeded in making the Boy Scouts feel a bit like the Hitler Youth, which was made mandatory by the Nazis in 1936.”
In another tweet, he said, “Trump constantly speaks about loyalty. He did so tonight w/ the Boy Scouts. Hitler demanded a personal oath of loyalty from German military.”
So, if you speak about loyalty, you’re recruiting for Hitler Youth. If you wear a uniform, even one that says Boy Scouts of America on it, you already probably are a Hitler Youth. And if you give a speech to thousands of boys and their scoutmasters, and they’re all in uniforms, hey, that’s a Hitler rally, right?
It was enough for Calvin Stowell, another lefty who bills himself as “Annoying gay internet person” and “Chief Growth Officer at @dosomething,” who tweeted, “I really hate invoking Hitler because it is sensastional 99 % of the time, but god d— does he make this look like a Hitler Youth rally.”
Igorvolsky, who has a podcast on the Center for American Progress website, added, “Trump tells Boy Scouts he hopes GOP can kill Obamacare (stripping 22M+ of health coverage). Boy Scouts respond by cheering “USA USA USA.”
Newsweek said the president “broke 80 years of tradition with his political speech,” then added, “At first, Trump pledged not to talk about politics to the 40,000 beaver-boy scouts, but soon began to rally toward his own agenda.”
Boy Scouts of America, caught between a crowd that adored the president and his speech and press who were pushing for any possible negative take on this president, released a statement that said it is “wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy.”
And the Hitler comparisons, inappropriate as they might be, have lost their ability to shock in the age of leftist rage about a presidential election whose results they still can’t accept. Politics, mentioned by a politician? The outrage.
But the winner of the Twitter Outrage Derby, Boy Scouts episode, has to be Mark Harris, a liberal author from New York. “I don’t think I’ll forget that Boy Scouts speech,” he tweeted. “The President of the United States is indoctrinating children into hatred.”
Indoctrinating into hatred? Because he said he wants Obamacare repeal to pass (to thunderous applause that had to include more than the non-voting-age participants, by the way)?
It is somewhat rich the party that insists all its elected officials be for abortion on demand, against healthcare or entitlement reform of any kind and in favor of physically attacking those who hold political views different from theirs wants to compare the Boy Scouts to Hitler Youth.
But it is off-the-charts astounding for them to complain about indoctrination of youth. Studies show 90 percent of college professors lean left and 96 percent of their political contributions go to leftist candidates. They are known to kick students out of class or mistreat them on grades for expressing conservative views.
The K-12 space seems almost equally politically saturated these days. The PTA’s national agenda is now indistinguishable from Democrat Party talking points. Girls Scouts, not part of the schools but a direct comparison to the Boy Scouts, continues to shed membership massively because of liberal indoctrination and its known ties to Planned Parenthood.
As a result, most leave fully indoctrinated into leftist thinking on health, environmental and fiscal policy and are outright hostile to other ideas.
What the left truly hated about Trump’s speech is that the Boy Scouts loved it. They cheered and howled and enjoyed themselves, just as the president seemed to. They booed when he brought up that President Obama had refused to come – Obama instead went to a guest appearance on ‘The View’ and sent a 90-second tape – and they cheered when he unambiguously and unapologetically talked about making America great again.
Regular Americans loved it, which meant the left had to hate it.