Bay Area Troop Leaders React to President Trump's Speech at National Boy Scout Jamboree

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US boy scouts salute while listening to their country's anthem as 3,000 US Boy scouts arrived to write "in human letters" : "Normandy Land of Liberty .. 2014" on the Saint-Laurent sur Mer beach, dubbed "Omaha Beach" during World War II Overlord operation, on April 16, 2011. The event was organized by "Normandy Memory" in support to the candidacy of the beach, and other D-Day neighbouring beaches, at the Unesco World Heritage, two years before the 70th anniversary of D-Day. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/GettyImages) (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty)

President Donald Trump spoke at the annual Boy Scout National Jamboree in West Virginia Monday night. For 80 years, presidents have been invited to speak at the jamboree, traditionally avoiding politics. But Trump dove into politics anyways - talking about the crowd size at his inauguration, the “fake media,” and "killing Obamacare". The Boy Scouts of America replied that the organization is "wholly nonpartisan and does not promote any one position," but came under fire that its reply was not critical enough. Boy Scouts and troop leaders join us this hour to share their reactions to the president's speech.


  • Wendell Baker, assistant scout master of Troop 234 (Moraga); head of Northern California chapter of Scouts for Equality
  • Ted Genoways, Eagle Scout who authored Washington Post opinion piece

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Boy Scout of America's response