The former sorority of newly-minted Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has apologized for daring to post a tweet congratulating its alumna for landing a seat on the highest court in the nation.
Sorority Kappa Delta deleted the congratulatory tweet and, as penance, offered a lengthy apology.
According to Disrn, Kappa Delta offered kudos to Barrett on September 28, acknowledging the tremendous accomplishment without making even the slightest partisan endorsement:
“[Kappa Delta] alumna Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. While we do not take a stand on political appointments, we recognize Judge Coney Barrett’s significant accomplishment,” said the tweet. “We acknowledge our members have a variety of views and a right to their own beliefs.”
Following an unsurprising backlash, however, the sorority swiftly retracted the tweet and offered an apology.
— Kappa Delta Sorority (@KappaDeltaHQ) September 29, 2020
“Our approach was disappointing and hurtful to many,” the organization lamented. “We did not intend to enter a political debate, take a stand on the Supreme Court nomination, cause division among our sisters, or alienate any of our members. We now understand that was the impact.”
Her own sorority isn’t the only organization to retract a tweet congratulating Barrett this week.
Girl Scouts of America also deleted a harmless tweet congratulating Barrett and placing her among the other four female SCOTUS justices in history.
The organization posted an image of Barrett alongside former justice Sandra Day O’Connor, current justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the fifth woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789,” the post simply stated.
Within hours, however, the organization pulled the tweet after it was “quickly viewed as a political and partisan statement.”
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.
— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) October 28, 2020
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