Trump ranged from the current health care bill to stories of a bygone time in New York history to his Electoral College victory in 2016. It was a Trumpian tour de force — one sure to cheer his supporters but leave the rest of the country wondering what, exactly, he is doing and thinking.
I went through the speech and picked out the 29 oddest, cringiest lines — no easy task given the sheer strangeness of Trump’s speech.
Here they are — in the rough order Trump said them.
The Charleston Gazette estimated 40,000 people in the crowd — which is a lot! Not sure there is a “record” for attendance at a Boy Scout Jamboree. Also worth noting from the Gazette: “Press staff handling the event did not allow local media to bring film equipment into the amphitheater.”
2. “I said, ‘Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?’ Right?”
Trump, apparently. He spent the VAST majority of this speech jabbing at his political foes and recounting his 2016 successes.
3. “Today, I said we ought to change it from the word ‘swamp’ to the word ‘cesspool’ or, perhaps, to the word ‘sewer.'”
Remember: “Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?”
4. “Many of my top advisers in the White House were Scouts. Ten members of my Cabinet were Scouts. Can you believe that? Ten.”
One of them is Eagle Scout and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump neither brought along on the trip or mentioned in his speech.
In a Twitter onslaught, Mr Trump called the country’s top prosecutor “weak”, a day after labelling him “beleaguered”.
Mr Trump has said he is unhappy with Mr Sessions for recusing himself from an FBI inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Mr Sessions said last week he intended to stay in his post.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
Will Sessions get fired?
Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s new communications director, fanned speculation on Tuesday that the attorney general’s days could be numbered.
“We’ll come to a resolution soon,” he said when asked by reporters about the tensions between the Republican president and top prosecutor.
An interviewer put it to Mr Scaramucci that it was pretty clear Mr Trump wants Mr Sessions gone.
“If there’s this level of tension in the relationship that’s public, you’re probably right,” Mr Scaramucci said.