On Wednesday, The Girl Scouts of America deleted their social media posts after they received criticism for congratulating Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on her appointment.
One woman posted to the Girls Scouts Facebook to say, “Shame on Girl Scouts for promoting this. She represents the exact opposite of what we instill in our girls!”
The Scouts’ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts featured an image of Barrett and the first four women justices to serve on the nation’s highest court–which included Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose death paved the way for Donald Trump to nominate Barrett.
At 1 p.m. ET the group tweeted “Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789.”
The Scouts then clarified that the group is “a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization.”
The Girl Scouts posted to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram “We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN. We are here to lift up girls and women. If you would like to debate partisan police–keep scrolling.”
The post sparked backlash on social media for both the Girl Scouts and Barrett, who many liberals consider a threat to abortion rights, Obamacare, and other progressive matters because of her religious conservative and religious viewpoint.
The post acquired over 2,000 Facebook comments within an hour.
One woman posted in the comments, “This post is insanely tone-deaf from a female-centered organization to celebrate a woman who believes that we should have our rights stripped.”
Another woman wrote, “This is not an appointment to celebrate for women. She does not support women’s rights at all.”
A third woman wrote of Barrett: “She goes against so much of what Girl Scouts stands for — very disappointed in this. This appointment is nothing for girls or women to celebrate.”
A respondent to the Girls Scouts Twitter post wrote, “I’m going to spend my $100 Girl Scout Cookie budget on ingredients to make my own next year.”
But the criticism of the post itself drew backlash.
One conservative woman wrote on Facebook, “I supported the Girl Scouts organization because of the work they do to help empower girls and women. I supported Girl Scouts because I saw the amazing growth in my daughter as a lifetime member. I didn’t trash the Girl Scouts when I didn’t agree with things that were against my beliefs. When other conservatives trashed Girl Scouts for leftist ideas, I defended it.”
Even a critic of Barrett agreed with the Girls Scouts post: She wrote, “As much as I dislike this particular woman and deplore the political hypocrisy that allowed her to be in such respected company, GSUSA is completely right to recognize her.” She added, “Well done. It could not have been easy.”
Come Wednesday evening the group deleted the posts from all of its social media sites.
“This Tweet is unavailable,” it read in place of the original tweet.
The Girl Scouts Twitter account later tweeted a new post which 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.”
Twitter users continued to slam the Girl Scouts from both sides, for both the original post and relenting to the criticism.
The Independent Women’s Forum tweeted from its official account, “Of course the @girlscouts caved to the mob and deleted this tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett. SAD.”