Girl Scouts Caught in Inauguration Controversy
Protest group vows to block National Mall
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2017 5:21 AM CST
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(Newser) – Even the Girl Scouts have been caught up in the controversy surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration. The group came under fire this week after announcing that around 75 members will be marching in Friday's inaugural parade. Boy Scouts will also be marching, but the Girl Scouts were criticized more heavily because of Trump's history of sexist remarks and groping accusations, NBC News reports. BuzzFeed reports that in an official statement released Wednesday and follow-up statements on social media, the organization said that it's a strictly nonpartisan group that has been taking part in inaugural events since 1917, that participation is strictly voluntary, and that some members will also be taking part in Saturday's Women's March. In other inauguration coverage:

  • Reuters reports that the DisruptJ20 protest group has vowed to disrupt the inauguration by blocking entrances to the National Mall. "We believe that it's our role and the role of any people with conscience to try to disrupt this inauguration and have a massive showing of resistance on that day," organizer Samantha Miller told reporters.

  • The New York Times reports on how the controversy over their performance has divided the Rockettes.
  • The Democratic boycott of the inauguration has now swelled to at least 65 House members, many of them outraged by Trump's feud with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, the Washington Post reports.
  • Voice of America has a schedule of inaugural events, which begin Thursday with a 3pm ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, where Trump and Mike Pence will lay a wreath.
  • USA Today has a list of performers at the inaugural concert and other events, and the inauguration website has a list of parade marchers.
  • Vulture has a list of where the inauguration can be watched online, including the White House livestream.

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