Girl Scouts delete tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett amid backlashBy Mark Pygas
Oct. 30 2020, Updated 8:58 a.m. ET
The Girl Scouts of America have deleted a tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett on her appointment as a Supreme Court justice following backlash online. Earlier this week, Barrett was controversially sworn in as the 115th Supreme Court Justice after being confirmed by a 52-48 Senate vote. Republicans faced backlash for approving the conservative judge so close to the election.
In a now-deleted tweet, the Girl Scouts wrote: "Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789." Attached to the post was a photo that featured Barrett's headshot next to her colleagues, Associate Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, former Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
One user asked: "What kind of patch does one earn for uplifting a woman who is the antithesis of justice?"
While another added: "I'm OK not eating another Girl Scouts cookie the rest of my life. How about you?"
Following the backlash, the Girl Scouts deleted the post, writing: "Earlier today, we shared a post highlighting the five women who have been appointed to the Supreme Court. It was quickly viewed as a political and partisan statement which was not our intent and we have removed the post."
Following the decision, the Girl Scouts also faced backlash for deleting their tweet. "Shame on you Girl Scouts for not standing your ground to support a woman that has made extraordinary accomplishments," one user wrote. "If you can not stand now when can you? Below is the tweet that you deleted. May it live on. Should I respond the same during cookie season?"
Another added: "The Girl Scouts tweet out a congratulation to Amy Coney Barrett, and now they’ve gotta withdraw it. Why? Because some people we’ve never heard of b***h, whine, and moan about it on social media? Screw them."
And one user concluded: "The Girl Scouts of America was forced to take down this tweet. An organization that teaches young ladies strength, independence and drive. Shame on the left."