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This Photo Perfectly Sums Up Democratic Politicians’ Hypocrisy on Masks

A now-deleted photo of Stacey Abrams posing maskless with a group of masked schoolchildren sparked backlash against the Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate.

SO WHAT

If Democratic politicians had a mantra on masking policies, it might be: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

THE PHOTO

Abrams on Friday visited Glennwood Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia, where she spoke about her new children’s book and took part in the school’s Black History Month event.

Later Friday, Abrams retweeted the photo of herself grinning barefaced among the unmasked students after it was posted by Glennwood’s principal, Holly Brookins.

THE REACTION

Conservatives on social media accused Abrams of hypocrisy and surfaced numerous examples of her fellow Democrats appearing to flout mask rules.

Abrams’ Republican opponents in the Georgia governor’s race also piled on.

  • “Stacey Abrams wants state government mask mandates for Georgians and their children,” Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican running for reelection, tweeted. “But it looks like they wouldn’t apply when she’s attending a photo op.”
  • “Liberals’ thirst for power during this pandemic has caused enormous damage to our kids, while the elite like Stacey continue living their lives,” David Perdue, the former senator who is challenging Kemp in the GOP primary, tweeted.
  • “What is even worse is that this is a classroom in Brian Kemp’s GA, not NY or CA.”

THE RESPONSE

The Abrams campaign told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she removed her mask for photos and so students watching the event remotely could hear her.

  • The campaign also said Abrams first made sure everyone around her was masked.
  • In a statement Sunday, the campaign fired back at Abrams’ GOP rivals, accusing them of “using a Black History Month reading event for Georgia children as the impetus for a false political attack.
  • “This pathetic, transparent and silly attack is beneath anyone who claims he wants to lead Georgia,” the campaign wrote.

According to the Journal-Constitution, Kemp is planning on using the photo of Abrams in an upcoming TV ad.

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