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Girl Scouts spark backlash from left after congratulating Justice Amy Coney Barrett | TheHill – The Hill

The Girl Scouts deleted a tweet late Wednesday congratulating Justice Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Trump fights for battleground Arizona Supreme Court won’t fast-track GOP bid to block Pennsylvania mail ballot extension MORE for being the fifth woman named to the Supreme Court after social media backlash primarily from the left, with the decision to delete the post also sparking outrage.

“Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789,” the 108-year-old organization wrote in a tweet that included pictures of the four other women to sit on the high court: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgPence seeks to lift GOP in battle for Senate ‘Packing’ federal courts is already a serious problem McConnell and Schumer’s relationship shredded after court brawl MORE, Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorLawsuit claims census supervisors pressured workers to falsify data Barrett to use Supreme Court chambers previously used by Ruth Bader Ginsburg Justice Barrett’s baptism by fire: Protecting the integrity of elections MORE and Elena KaganElena KaganBarrett to use Supreme Court chambers previously used by Ruth Bader Ginsburg Justice Barrett’s baptism by fire: Protecting the integrity of elections Supreme Court rejects Democrats’ bid to reinstate mail-in ballot extension in Wisconsin MORE

The post was also shared on the organization’s Facebook page with a note saying, “Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization.”

“We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN. We are here to lift up girls and women,” it continued. “If you would like to debate partisan politics—keep scrolling.”

Backlash from progressives, including from Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS ‘human rights abuses’ Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for ‘disrespect’ over calling her AOC during debates Democrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness MORE (D-Mass.), quickly ensued, prompting the deletion. 

 

The Girl Scouts explained in removing the post that it “was quickly viewed as a political and partisan statement which was not our intent.”

After the posts were deleted, the organization received additional backlash for bowing to what many described as a social media mob, with journalist Megyn Kelly calling the decision “pathetic.”

The Hill has reached out to the Girls Scouts of America for comment. 

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