Standing before thousands of school-aged Scouts, he began with a bit of profanity and then went on to rage for more than half an hour against the media and other perceived political enemies.
Trump was cheered by the crowd, but his comments put an organization that studiously avoids political conflict in an awkward position.
“As a Scout leader, my stomach is in knots about what Trump did today,” Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, wrote on Twitter. “If you haven’t watched it yet, don’t. It’s downright icky.”
The Boy Scouts of America said after the speech that it does not promote any one political candidate or philosophy.