Girl Scouts of America Defends Marching in Donald Trump’s Inauguration Parade
The Girl Scouts of America has come under fire since it was announced members of the organization will march in Donald Trump‘s inauguration parade on Friday.
After the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the official lineup of parade participants, both current and former members of the Girl Scouts, parents, and troop leaders took to social media to criticize the organization and express their concerns with its involvement in Trump’s inauguration.
Although the organization has participated in inaugural events in the past, NBC News notes, its participation this year has sparked controversy because of the sexist comments Trump has made about women, as well as the various sexual harassment allegations that have been made against him. Critics believe that the President-elect’s words and alleged actions go against the organization’s values.
“Since 1917, Girl Scouts have engaged in Presidential inaugural events to learn about the US democratic process & civic engagement,” the official Girl Scouts account tweeted, which later added: “As a non-profit organization GSUSA is nonpolitical, nonpartisan, & will continue to encourage our girls to be civically engaged.”
Below are some of the reactions to news the organization has faced on Twitter (TWTR):