The Girl Scouts of America have deleted a Tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett for joining the Supreme Court after the organization faced backlash on social media.
The Scouts’ posted a message of congratulations on its social media pages featuring Barrett and the four other female Supreme Court Justices.
Its post was put up at around 1pm SET Wednesday after Barrett was sworn in Monday night.
The Girl Scouts of America have deleted a Tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett for joining the Supreme Court (pictured) after the organization faced backlash on social media
Its post was put up at around 1pm SET Wednesday after Barrett (pictured at the White House after her swearing in ceremony) was sworn in Monday night
The Girl Scouts of America said: ‘Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789.’
The organization posted a picture of the four other female Justices: the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Sandra Day O’Connor.
But it faced immediate criticism on social media of both the Girl Scouts and Barrett, who many liberals consider a threat to abortion rights.
After deleting the Tweet on Wednesday evening, the Girl Scouts clarified that its post congratulating Barrett was not a political statement.
It said: ‘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.’
But the group faced further criticism from some who demanded an apology, while other social media users bemoaned the group caving to the ‘mob’.
Actor Amber Tamblyn said: ‘This tweet is 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.’
A Girl Scout member wrote: ‘You need to apologize for the harm you caused your marignalized members and take steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
‘The issue isn’t that it was political but that you lifted up someone harmful to your members.
‘Girl Scouts do better!’
Another social media user angered by the Tweet said: ‘I’m never buying another Thin Mint as long as I live.’
But others criticized the Girl Scouts for taking down the Tweet and not standing its ground.
Nonprofit conservative group the Independent Women’s Forum said: ‘Of course the Girl Scouts caved to the mob and deleted this tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett. SAD.’
Attorney Autumn Johnson said: ‘Never apologize to the mob.’
Another wrote: ‘A real Girl Scout doesn’t cave in to mobs of haters.’
Amy Coney Barrett, her hand on a Bible held by her husband Jesse, is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by Clarence Thomas, its longest-serving justice
Donald and Melania Trump posed with Amy Coney Barrett and Jesse Barrett on the Blue Room balcony of the White House after she was sworn in as the ninth Supreme Court justice
Amy Coney Barrett takes the oath of office as Donald Trump savors the confirmation of the third justice of his presidency
Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 52-48 vote Monday evening – with Republican Susan Collins crossing the aisle to vote against her. Her confirmation immediately makes the court solidly conservative with a 6-3 majority.
At the swearing-in ceremony, Trump praised Coney Barrett’s ‘towering intellect,’ and ‘impeccable credentials,’ as he spoke with the new justice on his right and Thomas on his left.
After Thomas swore her in, Coney Barrett thanked the senators who voted for her and said: ‘I pledge to you and to the American people that I will discharge my duties to the best of my ability.’
And in an acknowledgement of her highly-controversial confirmation process and the focus on her conservative Catholic beliefs and open espousal of pro-life beliefs while she was an academic.
‘I will do my job my without any fear or favor and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and my personal preferences.’