The Boy Scout Speech

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.

 

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