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Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 3:02 AM
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — On Monday, President Donald Trump ventured to West Virginia to speak at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree, which drew tens of thousands of scouts.
During his speech, Trump bashed the media and former President Barack Obama and boasted about his election victory, calling Nov. 8, 2016, “a beautiful date.” At one point, Trump mentioned meeting New York developer William Levitt at a cocktail party.
Strange moment. Trump tells 40,000 Boy Scouts about meeting NY developer William Levitt at a cocktail party. https://t.co/7ajx4GVwy5— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 24, 2017
Trump seemed to win the support of the crowd from the beginning. He arrived to riotous applause and got the scouts to boo Obama when he asked, “Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?” Obama never spoke at a jamboree while he was president, but he did record a video message for the scouts on one occasion.
The Boy Scouts of America Facebook page was flooded with comments by parents who blasted Trump’s appearance, even on posts unrelated to the rally. One woman wrote, “Done with scouts after you felt the need to have my kid listen to a liar stroke his ego on our time.” Another said, “I can’t believe the Boy Scouts booed a living American president.” There were a number of comments calling the speech “propaganda,” and some even made comparisons to Adolf Hitler’s infamous rallies in Nuremberg.
Trump's Boy Scout speech had the feel of a third world authoritarian's youth rally.— john mclaughlin (@jmclaughlinSAIS) July 25, 2017
Tragically, #boyscouts in 2017 applaud Trump just like the all blonde blue eyed youth did for Hitler in the 30's.— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) July 25, 2017
He's so far beyond the usual bounds of even vulgar politicians' vulgarity... https://t.co/hdHYsqPYwo— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 24, 2017
John McLaughlin, who led the CIA under George Bush, tweeted that the jamboree “had the feel of a third world authoritarian’s youth rally.” CNN’s Chris Cillizza published a list of “The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump’s hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts.” The piece included included statements such as “You know we have a tremendous disadvantage in the Electoral College — popular vote is much easier” and “I went to Maine four times, because it’s one vote, and we won. But we won — one vote. I went there because I kept hearing we’re at 269.” New York Magazine published a similar list, though they only included 14 “inappropriate moments.”
However, Trump’s supporters backed the president’s appearance and branded the backlash as another attack by the mainstream media and “leftists.”
So Leftists who think Boy Scouts should include girls and tried to kill the org over gay scoutmasters are mad at Trump's #BoyScoutSpeech.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 25, 2017
The Boy Scouts released the following statement after the backlash to Trump’s speech:
Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:07 AM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to weigh in on Republican Roy Moore's stunning loss in the Alabama Senate race.
Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:13 AM
Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:25 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:25 AM
ATLANTA — 12:27 a.m. EST Wednesday: Mary Norwood says she's asking for a recount as Keisha Lance Bottoms declares a victory in the Atlanta mayor's race.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Bottoms leads by just 759 votes. Bottoms, introduced by Mayor Kasim Reed as the 60th mayor of Atlanta, declared victory as she spoke to her supporters, but Norwood said the race isn't over yet.
"This is about Atlanta. We stand here today believing all things are possible." Keisha Lance Bottoms says as she claims victory at her watch party. Norwood has called for a recount.#ATLMayor #ElectionOn2— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) December 6, 2017
WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/rnYybYUUlO pic.twitter.com/d8nJr5785B
ORIGINAL STORY: Today is the day Atlanta will decide which woman will become its next mayor.
Polls officially opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood spent Monday at City Hall doing the people’s business, but they also did some campaigning before Tuesday’s election. And with the race coming to an end, some people are now deciding whom they plan to endorse.
Outside City Hall, more endorsements came in for Bottoms. Prominent attorneys and progressives stood with her.
“I have no doubt in my mind that Ms. Bottoms will surround herself with a team of compassionate and thoughtful people with the political savvy to make this city better,” said assistant professor Maurice Hobson.
But across town, a civil rights activist said he’s endorsing Mary Norwood.
“Dr. King said it best: 'People want to be judged based on their character, not the color of their skin.' That works not just for white people but for African-Americans,” said the Rev. Markel Hutchins.
Hutchins said he supports Norwood because of her decades of public service.
“What Atlanta needs now is not just someone who is desiring of the office of mayor but someone who legitimately wants to serve the public,” Hutchins said.
Both candidates were at Monday’s City Council meeting after the Tuesday’s election, and it will be one of their last; one will become mayor and the other will become a private citizen.
Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 1:33 AM
— Many political contenders earned new titles as the results from Election Day rolled in Tuesday, but one Virginia politician also became a history maker as the first openly transgender woman elected and seated in a U.S. state legislature.
Democrat Danica Roem, a wife and stepmother of one, beat out 25-year, 13-term incumbent Republican Del. Bob Marshall for the House of Delegates position.
“Discrimination is a disqualifier,” Roem said Tuesday night as the votes were still being counted. “This is about the people of the 13th District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias ... where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it.”
This is Roem’s first political position. Want to learn more about her? Here are five things you should know:
Marshall helped introduce the controversial “bathroom bill," which would restrict the bathrooms transgender individuals would use. While the legislation did not pass, Marshall continued to voice his opinions about the LGBT community. The self-proclaimed “chief homophobe” refused to debate Roem in person and referred to her using male pronouns. He also produced several ads denouncing Roem’s transgender identity. One read, “Danica Roem In His Own Words,” and another stated, “Danica Roem, born male, has made a campaign issue out of transitioning to female.”
The Virginia native raised $500,000, according to The Washington Post. Many of the donations came from LGBT advocates and supporters. While District 13 only has 52,471 registered voters, she reportedly knocked on doors more than 75,000 times. Marshall’s campaign said staffers knocked on voters’ doors about 49,000 times.
The 33-year-old started her transgender transition in 2013. She began hormone replacement therapy and later changed her name from “Dan” to “Danica."
She graduated from St. Bonaventure University in New York with a degree in journalism. For nine years, she worked for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times as a reporter and editor. During her stint as a journalist, she was awarded by the Virginia Press Association seven times.