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Trump rehashes the 2016 presidential election during 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree

For anyone at the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree who managed to miss the 2016 presidential election, they heard all about it on Monday, when President Trump shared his version of events to the crowd of more than 35,000 tweens, teens, and their parents.

He psyched them out, sarcastically starting off his speech by asking, "Who the hell wants to talk about politics when I'm in front of the Boy Scouts?" He answered his own question by immediately bringing up "that famous night on television," the Electoral College votes he won, his decision to visit Maine as a candidate, what the mood was in Wisconsin, and so on and so forth. He did briefly stray at one point, declaring that "under the Trump administration, you'll be saying 'Merry Christmas' again when you go shopping."

Trump, who was never a Boy Scout, managed to get the crowd to boo former President Barack Obama, who was a Boy Scout, by saying Obama never visited the Jamboree when he was president (The Hill reports he recorded a video for the event in 2010), and appeared to — jokingly? — threaten Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price's job, telling him onstage that if he couldn't get enough votes to pass the Senate's bill to repeal ObamaCare, he would fire him, Time reports.