The Girl Scouts of America tweeted a congratulatory message to Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday, which was deleted after negative comments about the post appeared online.
Barrett, the third conservative judge to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Donald Trump, faced opposition from some legislators who expressed concern that Barrett would overturn rulings on access to health care. Among those rulings was Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.
In the Tweet, the Girl Scouts praised Barrett for becoming “the fifth woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789. Barrett is pictured alongside the liberal judge Elena Kagan and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The Girl Scouts congratulated Amy Coney Barrett, and the comments were not very pleasant. @girlscouts deleted the tweet, so here it is: pic.twitter.com/2k3Mh7HHIv
– Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) October 28, 2020
CNN analyst Asha Rangappa was among those who criticized the contribution. “Was Barrett a Girl Scout? If not, then why the contribution when you know how divided he is at that moment? Do you celebrate every new senator who is elected or every governor? I’m sorry, but that was weird and unmusical – Girl Scout mom.”
Was Barrett a Girl Scout? If not, why the office when you know how divided it is right now? Do you celebrate every new senator who’s elected or every new governor? Excuse me, but that was weird and deaf as a post ? girl scout
– Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 28, 2020
Actress Amber Tamblyn described the Girl Scout tweet as “really disappointing and [it]won’t age well if access to safe abortion and the health needs of millions of women and girls in this country are gutted by Barrett’s entry into the court.
Girl Scouts, this tweet is really disappointing and [it]will not age well if access to safe abortion and the health needs of millions of women and girls in this country are eviscerated because of Barrett’s entry into the court. https://t.co/TfEqf3B8E1
– Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) October 28, 2020
“This morning we shared an article highlighting the five women appointed to the Supreme Court,” wrote the Girl Scout Association in its Wednesday retreat. “It was quickly seen as a political and partisan statement that was not our intention, and we withdrew the post.
“The Girl Scouts of the United States are an apolitical, non-partisan organization,” the Twitter thread continued. “We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scouts are GREEN. We are here to uplift girls and women”.
Girl Scouts of the USA is an apolitical, non-partisan organization,” the Twitter thread continued. We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scouts GREEN. We are here to uplift girls and women.
– Female Scouts (@girlscouts) October 28, 2020
Tekk.tv contacted the Girl Scouts of America with the request for further comments.
During his first presidential campaign in 2016, Trump said he would send life-saving judges to the Supreme Court, which would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade. During his term, Trump also appointed conservative judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. With Barrett’s appointment, six judges appointed by Republican presidents preside over the Supreme Court, along with three judges appointed by Democratic presidents.
Trump said during an interview with Fox & Friends in September that Barrett’s presence on the bench could lead to the overthrow of Roe v. Wade. “She’s certainly conservative in her views, in her judgments,” Trump said, “and we’ll have to see how all this plays out, but I think it will work.
Barrett claimed at her confirmation hearings in October that her personal beliefs would not influence her judicial decisions. “I have an agenda to uphold the rule of law and decide cases as they come,” Barrett said.