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Some People Are Angry That Girl Scouts Will Participate In The Inaugural Parade

Former scouts, mothers, and cookie fans have responded.

Posted on January 18, 2017, at 3:27 p.m. ET

Many people are upset that the Girl Scouts will participate in the upcoming inaugural parade on Jan. 20. Their participation was announced by the Presidential Inaugural Committee on Monday.

Civic Engagement is in a Girl Scouts’ DNA. Girl Scouts to attend #Inauguration and #WomensMarch:…

According to a statement published on Wednesday after complaints, attendance in the parade is voluntary — around 75 Girl Scouts will attend. The group stressed that they are nonpartisan and that members will also attend the Women's March on the following day, Jan. 21.

Girl Scouts of America / Via

After the organization shared a link to that statement on Facebook, many people still weren't happy.

Rachel Folz / Via Facebook: GirlScoutsUSA

In addition the official statement, the organization has been responding to some complaints directly on Twitter. The group argued that attending the parade is both a tradition and an educational opportunity.

@scATX Since 1917, Girl Scouts have engaged in Presidential inaugural events to learn about the US democratic process & civic engagement.

Some people, including women with strong ties to the group, attacked the explanation. This woman said tradition did not justify the choice.

. @girlscouts 'Since 1917' is no reason to invite young girls to a sexual predator's fascist parade. -Former Girl Scout

Some women referenced the leaked Access Hollywood tape.

.@girlscouts How does "nonpolitical, nonpartisan” add up to encouraging girls to march for a man who admits to committing sexual assault?

This woman, who said she is a mother of a Girl Scout, claimed that the decision was not in line with "Girl Scout Law."

@girlscouts I'm the mother of a Girl Scout and I hope you reconsider your participation. Trump does *not* honor you…

As did others.


This person challenged the group's claim that this was educational by arguing that "not attending" could be an equally important learning experience.

.@girlscouts Not attending can also be a way to learn about civic engagement, e.g. protest. Please reconsider.

Others, including this author, said that they will no longer be buying Girl Scout cookies. "Now I'ma go buy generic Thin Mints. Cuz I'm petty," she said.

Questions that need answering, @girlscouts. Now I'ma go buy generic Thin Mints. Cuz I'm petty.

Of course, many people did not understand the anger. This Twitter user said that the message is patriotic.

@rossane_clouse, @mugges_liberal2

Another person said that the complaints were from "Democrat malcontents," aka sore losers.


This woman took issue with all of the criticism too. She said that girls and their families should be able to "make up their own minds."

Kumutha Lane / Via Facebook: GirlScoutsUSA

But overwhelmingly, people were disappointed.

Samantha Calleja Boose, Angela Reinders, Jen Vacca / Via Facebook: GirlScoutsUSA

And many called for action.

Just called Girl Scouts of America at (212) 852-8000 and you can, too! Tell them NOT to march in DT's Inauguration parade. Please RT.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.