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Trump's Mistake at the Boy Scout Jamboree

The president addressed the quadrennial gathering like a campaign rally—talking to a group devoted to service as if it valued self-interest.
Source: Carlos Barria / Reuters

Donald Trump continued his ongoing tour of cherished American institutions on Monday night, delivering yet another jarringly partisan speech to an apolitical audience—this one, comprising tens of thousands still too young to vote.

During the campaign, his performance at the Al Smith dinner—where presidential candidates roast their rivals and themselves every four years— on his opponent. Shortly after his election, he stunned CIA employees by delivering before the agency’s Memorial Wall. On Saturday, he surprised the crowd of uniformed personnel at the commissioning of the by in support of his agenda.

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