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The Girl Scouts posted a tweet congratulating new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, sparking intense outrage from Barrett’s critics. The tweet was deleted, which in turn sparked new backlash from Barrett’s conservative supporters.
The tweet read: “Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789.”
The post included an image of Barrett along with serving Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Critics of Barrett, who view her as a potential threat to women’s rights and civil liberties, quickly slammed the post.
US Rep. Ayanna Pressley responded: “What kind of patch does one earn for uplifting a woman who is the antithesis of justice?”
Actor Amber Tamblyn wrote that the post was “really disappointing and won’t age well when access to safe abortion and the healthcare needs of millions of women and girls is gutted in this country because of Barrett’s addition to the court.”
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Actor Zach Braff joined the masses of people looking for alternatives to Girl Scout cookies because of their disappointment with the Barrett posting.
“(asterisk) Googles ‘How do you make your own thin mints,’” Braff wrote.
Following the growing criticism, the Girl Scouts removed the tweet and posted a new statement: “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.... 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.”
The retraction was slammed by Barrett’s conservative supporters, with the Independent Women’s Forum writing: “Of course the @girlscouts caved to the mob and deleted this tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett. SAD.”
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Megyn Kelly wrote: “This is pathetic. It’s not ‘partisan’ to generically congratulate the 5th woman ever to join the High Court. It’s patriotic. Taking your tweet down (asterisk) is (asterisk) partisan, however, and a real disappointment.”
The Associated Press put in a request for comments to the Girl Scouts’ media spokeswoman, but no response was received.
Sources: USA Today