Stacey Abrams: The kids wore a mask so I wouldn't have to

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at Glenwood Elementary School in Atlanta (via Twitter)
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at Glenwood Elementary School in Atlanta (via Twitter)

Reacting to charges of hypocrisy, Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign explained she agreed to pose for a photo maskless with children in a schoolroom “on the condition that everyone around her” wore a face covering.

The photo, showing all of the children with masks, circulated over the weekend on Twitter and was retweeted by Abrams herself before being quickly deleted.

“It is shameful that our opponents are using a Black History Month reading event for Georgia children as the impetus for a false political attack,” the Abrams campaign said in a statement.

“And it is pitiful and predictable that our opponents continue to look for opportunities to distract from their failed records when it comes to protecting public health during the pandemic.”

Among Abrams’ critics was Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who has allowed local governments to decide whether or not to impose mask mandates.

“Stacey Abrams wants state government mask mandates for Georgians and their children. But it looks like they wouldn’t apply when she’s attending a photo op,” said Kemp spokesman Tate Mitchell in a statement provided to Breitbart News. “This kind of hypocrisy is exactly why Georgians see her campaign for governor for what it truly is: a quest for more power. Governor Kemp will continue fighting to put students and parents first.”

Kemp, who defeated Abrams by a razor-thin margin in 2018, is running for re-election. Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, who is running against Kemp in the GOP primary, said the governor “has failed students and parents by allowing liberal school districts to force mask mandates upon them.”

More than 150 studies and scientific articles have presented evidence that universal masking is ineffective in stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and causes harm. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently acknowledged the ineffectiveness of the cloth masks that children wear at school, including many in the photo with Abrams. However, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the CDC still recommends universal masking in school, and that “still remains our recommendation.”

But, like Abrams, many Democratic politicians recently have demonstrated by their actions what they think about the necessity of masks, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and U.S. Reps. Jamal Bowman of New York and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan.

On Friday, Former President Obama was spotted maskless by Britain’s Daily Mail while surrounded by masked construction workers at his new Hawaii mansion.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, after being photographed maskless at the recent Rams-49ers playoff game in his city, insisted to reporters there was no problem with his violation of the state’s indoor mask mandate because he was holding his breath.

“I think we should focus on what’s real,” Garcetti said at news conference last Wednesday. “I wore my mask the entire game. And when people ask for a photograph, I hold my breath.”

“There’s a 0% chance of infection from that,” Garcetti said.

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who enacted the state’s latest mask mandate in December, was famously videoed maskless with friends at a party at an upscale Northern California restaurant.

Meanwhile, some Democratic Party office-holders are lifting school mask mandates. In New Jersey on Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy was to announce plans to lift the state’s school mask mandate for children and staffers, Fox News Digital reported.

In Illinois, beginning Monday, masks became optional for students in 140 school districts.

Delaware also is eliminating state-wide mask mandates in schools.

See a Fox News segment on the Abrams photo:

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