Melania Trump’s future duties as First Lady include becoming Honorary National President of the Girl Scouts of the USA, as has been the tradition since 1917 when First Lady Edith B. Wilson assumed the role.
Yet the Girl Scouts of Greater New York are welcoming her husband’s election victory by being the latest East Coast youth organization to pen an apocalyptic note about the impact of a Trump Presidency following in the footsteps of New York’s most prestigious schools.
“Regardless of our party affiliations and political ideologies, Americans woke up yesterday morning to a divided nation,” wrote Barbara Murphy-Warrington, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater New York in an e-mail to scout families forwarded to Heat Street.
She added: “As a result of this election, we at the Girl Scouts of Greater New York walked in to a very different office. Throughout the past two days, our girls have been calling us to express their worry about the future and their future. … It is our job to reassure them, and to remind them that they can — and will — build a hopeful future for themselves, and for our nation.”
The Girl Scouts of Greater New York bills itself as “New York City’s largest girls-only leadership program, reaching more than 29,000 girls ages 5 to 17 in every zip code of the five boroughs.”
The e-mail strikes a less hysterical, more bipartisan tone at the end. But is it the role of the Girl Scouts to risk spreading ‘worry’ and panic among their ranks?
Especially as the Girl Scouts declares on its website that when it comes to contentious political matters, “the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) does not take a position or develop materials on these issues.”
Will they make Melania feel that way in due course? Time will tell.