Girl Scouts of the USA supporters are fuming on Twitter following the announcement that the organization will be participating in the inaugural parade for President-elect Donald Trump.
The official Girl Scouts Twitter account responded to the backlash by defending their choice to participate in the inauguration as it has been their tradition since 1917.
@scATX Since 1917, Girl Scouts have engaged in Presidential inaugural events to learn about the US democratic process & civic engagement.— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) January 17, 2017
Their cookie-cutter (pun intended) defense did not stop people from slamming the controversial decision.
The Girl Scouts are widely perceived to be fairly progressive, considering their open acceptance of transgender youth and values promoting gender equality — which is why their participation comes as such a shock.
It isn’t mandatory for individual scouts to march in the parade, and the Girl Scouts have always claimed to be nonpartisan, however, people expressed disappointment in the organization for the troubling message this move sends to young girls about condoning sexual assault.
i was a brownie scout leader; the idea of @girlscouts marching to celebrate inauguration of a proud sexual predator makes me want to vomit— Tim Dickinson (@7im) January 17, 2017
.@girlscouts How does "nonpolitical, nonpartisan” add up to encouraging girls to march for a man who admits to committing sexual assault?— Happy ValengrimesDay (@andreagrimes) January 17, 2017
As disheartening as it may be, people have to come to terms with the fact that several public figures, nationally-recognized organizations, and celebrities will be present and participating in Trump’s inauguration.
On the flip side, the participants must also be prepared to lose many supporters, patrons, and members who refuse to back any entity that affiliates with Trump. This is one of the many ways that "The Donald" has divided our country.
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