I was watching the Faux News channel at the gym today while using the elliptical machine. Newt Gingrich, perennial bloviator and irrelevant husband of the Ambassador to the Vatican, was on Neil Cavuto’s show talking about Trump’s thoroughly disgusting “speech” to the Boy Scouts of America at their annual Jamboree yesterday.
At one point he remarked approvingly about the size of the crowd, over 40,000 (mostly adolescent boys). In an attempt to conflate the Jamboree with a political rally, he made it sound like all in attendance had been there only to hear Trump speak.
Neil Cavuto, bless his little heart, demurred gently but firmly by saying he, too, had been in attendance with his own son and went on to quickly state twice it was “a captive audience,” meaning all these pre-pubertal and pre-voting age children had been there for a completely different reason than to listen to a campaign-style narcissistic rant from the crazy person who just happens to inhabit the White House presently.
It wasn’t a full-throated smackdown of Newtie, but I must say it warmed the cockles of my heart.
Presidential words to live by, as told to the Boy Scouts at their Jamboree:
During the speech, Trump attacked Obama, slammed “fake media” and trashed Clinton for not campaigning enough in Michigan. He also told a rambling story about a home builder, William Levitt, who “went personally bankrupt, and he was now much older. And I saw him at a cocktail party, and it was very sad because the hottest people in New York were at this party,” according to news reports.
Trump speaking to the Boy Scouts at their annual Jamboree:
“[Clinton] was told she was going to win Michigan, and I said, well, wait a minute, the car industry is moving to Mexico. Why is she going to move — she’s there. Why are they allowing it to move? And by the way, do you see those car industry — do you see what’s happening, how they’re coming back to Michigan? They’re coming back to Ohio. They’re starting to peel back in.” [Applause.]
“And we go to Wisconsin — now, Wisconsin hadn’t been won in many, many years by a Republican. But we go to Wisconsin, and we had tremendous crowds. And I’d leave these massive crowds. I’d say, why are we going to lose this state? The polls — that’s also fake news. They’re fake polls. But the polls are saying — but we won Wisconsin.” [Applause.]
“So I have to tell you what we did, in all fairness, this is an unbelievable tribute to you and all of the other millions and millions of people that came out and voted for Make America Great Again.”
[Audience chants “USA! USA! USA!”]
The traditional Scouting divisions are Cub Scouting for boys ages 7 to 11 years, and Boy Scouting for boys ages 11 to 18. So according to Trump, it was all these illegal underage voters who put him over the top.
Way to go, Scouts!