If you thought making sure they don’t run out of Thin Mints is the most controversial position the Girl Scouts can be involved in, think again.
The Girl Scouts of America deleted its earlier post on social media congratulating judge Amy Coney Barrett for her appointment to the Supreme Court because — surprise, surprise — it was interpreted as a political statement.
The group’s post touting the vote to confirm the fifth woman to the highest court in the land showed Barrett along with Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
It read: “Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789.”
Actor Zach Braff, among others, sought cookie alternatives after the Barrett posting.
“*Googles ‘How do you make your own thin mints,’” Braff tweeted.
The post, and the act of deleting it, drew heat from across the political spectrum, as collected in an Associated Press story:
“What kind of patch does one earn for uplifting a woman who is the antithesis of justice?” tweeted U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass).
“Of course the @girlscouts caved to the mob and deleted this tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett. SAD,” tweeted the Independent Women’s Forum.
“This is pathetic,” TV personality Megyn Kelly tweeted to the Girl Scouts. “It’s not ‘partisan’ to generically congratulate the 5th woman ever to join the High Court. It’s patriotic. Taking your tweet down *is* partisan, however, and a real disappointment.”
The Scouts issued a statement explaining the post: “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. … We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN. We are here to lift up girls and women.”