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The Girl Scouts congratulate Amy Coney Barrett — it didn’t go well

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Shawn Langlois

Well, they clearly weren’t prepared for this.

The Girl Scouts on Wednesday celebrated the controversial, and accelerated, elevation of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court with this simple tweet:

It didn’t stay up long.

Barrett’s critics quickly swarmed to the Twitter /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR +0.58% post, characterizing the jurist’s right-leaning stance as a threat to Obamacare and to abortion rights:

Aside from the social issues, which were the focus of the trending response to the tweet, Democrats are also still smarting from the fact that the Senate confirmed Barrett so close to next week’s presidential election, after Republicans refused to even hold hearings on Obama’s nomination of moderate judge Merrick Garland back in 2016. (The latter vacancy occurred with the death that February of Justice Antonin Scalia, 269 days before Election Day 2016 ; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, just 46 days from Election Day 2020 , to create what became the Barrett opening.)

“The rushed and unprecedented confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, in the middle of an ongoing election, should be a stark reminder to every American that your vote matters,” Joe Biden said earlier this week.

The Girl Scouts, which claims to be “a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization,” responded to the backlash by first defending and later deleting the tweet, offering this explanation:

Whoops, now the other side of the aisle is all riled up:

The Girl Scouts might want to stick with something less controversial next time, like how everybody knows Tagalongs are way better than Thin Mints.

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