Trump has said plenty of offensive things in inappropriate settings, and got away with them all, so I’m pretty sure he’ll get away with the Boy Scout speech as well.
I’m not even sure that journalists are focusing on the truly important bits of the whole rambling, incoherent mess. Yeah, he used a bad word. Seriously? He said hell. I don’t think that’s what’s going to ruin his career. They are boy scouts, not pre-schoolers at an evengelical orpanage, in 1905.
The bits about loyalty above all other virtues was weird, and getting the crowd to boo Obama was out of line, and his wee joke about firing one of his staff fell flat, but it wasn’t nearly the knee-slapper that Reagan’s ‘the bombing will start in 5 minutes’ was.
The part that got me, though, was a bit that was left out. He was talking about some friend of his or another, and he said: “And he went out and bought a big yacht, and he had a very interesting life. I won’t go any more than that, because you’re Boy Scouts so I’m not going to tell you what he did.” And he didn’t, which makes you wonder why he brought it up in the first place. I reckon he was about to tell the story, and what tiny bit of a mental editor he has woke up from his usual drunken stupor for a second and said “Dude, you’re talking to Boy Scouts.”
Now, it certainly could be that interesting activities aboard a yacht might include things that are boy scout appropriate. Participating in an America’s Cup race, sailing off to exotic locations, seeking sunken treasure, that sort of thing.
But I don’t think that’s what passes for ‘interesting’ in Trump’s world. I’m sure he was just about to tell a tale of hookers and blow, underage Russian hookers probably.
It boggles the mind that it took until he was in the middle of the story to realize that it probably wasn’t a good idea to tell it, but my guess, and my explanation for that is that he’s probably told the story hundreds of times. Not for the press. Certainly not in front of the Boy Scouts. Just in front of his sleazy buddies, who all thought it was just fine.
Seriously unprofessional. Still, I bet he gets away with it.