GLEN JEAN, WV (BBC.com) – Parents have expressed anger after President Donald Trump delivered a highly politicized speech to tens of thousands of boy scouts.
Mr Trump started by saying: “Who the hell wants to speak about politics?”
But his speech to the Jamboree in West Virginia railed against Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the “cesspool” of politics, drawing whoops and cheers.
One parent wrote: “Done with scouts after you felt the need to have my kid listen to a liar stroke his ego.”
The Boy Scouts of America Facebook page carried a number of angry posts.
Jude Nevans Cleaver wrote: “I am the proud mother of a former scout who was sheltered from that pack of lies speech at the Jamboree. Done with scouts after you felt the need to have my kid listen to a liar stroke his ego on our time.”
Debbie S. Milligan said: “Wow, this is what you are teaching the Boy Scouts? To be disrespectful to a Past President. One that had been a Boy Scout, unlike the current President. Completely disrespectful!”
On Instagram, Pete Souza, the former chief official White House photographer, posted a picture of President Barack Obama meeting a scout.
“I can assure you, POTUS [president of the United States] was not telling this Cub Scout and the Boy Scouts who followed about his electoral college victory,” Mr Souza wrote.
Many parents, lobbyists and politicians took to social media to cite the 107-year-old organisation’s values, and to suggest Mr Trump had failed them.