Stacey Abrams Poses Without a Mask With Dozens of Masked Children, Then Deletes the Photo After Receiving Backlash

A since-deleted tweet with photographs of a maskless man Stacey Abrams’ photo with masked youngsters drew a sharp rebuke from political opponents, who blasted the Georgia Democrat for what they called hypocritical behavior after she advocated for stricter masking laws in schools.

Holly Brookins, the school’s administrator, first tweeted the photographs on Friday, writing, “An extraordinary way to kick off Glennwood’s 3rd Annual African-American Read-In and Black History Month.

I’m delighted to welcome @staceyabrams, author of Stacey’s Extraordinary Words!” Abrams, a famous Democratic activist running for governor in Georgia, quoted the photographs on Twitter and praised the principal for inviting her. Both tweets were subsequently removed, and Brookins’ account appears to have been disabled.

What Do We Know About the Incident?

Social media posts showing left-wing politicians breaking Covid-19 protocols they support have gone viral since the beginning of the outbreak, whether real or not.

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For example, a photo of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and several Democratic members of Congress became viral in July 2020 for failing to follow masking or social media problems—but the photo was taken before the epidemic in 2019.

Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were chastised for appearing in pictures without masks at a Los Angeles Rams game, despite local and statewide mask laws.

And, in November 2020, Newsom sparked controversy by dining maskless inside at the posh northern California restaurant The French Laundry, breaching his Covid-19 rules and helping ignite a 2021 recall election that cost California more than $200 million to hold.

The images from the event at Glenwood Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia, elicited an outpouring of rage from many who expressed dissatisfaction with the concealment of rules at a time when Covid-19 policies in schools have arisen as a very contentious subject in today’s politics.

Nevertheless, the city extended its indoor masking requirement from January 18 to February 22, and the Decatur City Schools have similar masking regulations. Glenwood authorities did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Stacey Abrams
Stacey Abrams

The Response From the General Public

The Abrams campaign replied to the mounting anger on Sunday, directing its ire at her political opponents who have criticized her in reaction to the photographs while failing to explain the widely disseminated images.

“It is despicable that our adversaries are using a Black History Month reading event for Georgia children as the underlying reason for a false political attack,” the campaign said in a statement.

“It is lamentable and inevitable that our opponents continue to seek changes to divert attention away from their failures to protect public health throughout the epidemic.” It went on: “After his private coronavirus briefings as a Senator, one of Stacey’s opponents minimized the virus while trading stock to profit from the outbreak.

Another of her opponents has targeted mayors attempting to protect their constituents and has neglected to increase Medicaid coverage even as rural hospitals collapse. This pitiful, obvious, and ridiculous assault befits no one who purports to want to lead Georgia.”

Former Republican Sen. David Perdue, who is running against Gov. Brian Kemp in the GOP gubernatorial primary, was probed by the Justice Department, among other members of Congress, for insider stock trading tied to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

According to CNN, the DOJ has finished all of its investigations of insider training against those members of Congress by early 2021.

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The Abrams campaign also informed the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Abrams donned a mask to school but subsequently removed it so she could be heard by kids viewing remotely and for the pictures on the condition that everyone surrounding her wore masks as well.

According to CNN, a campaign aide corroborated the allegation. Kemp was one of the political opponents who took advantage of the opportunity, writing in a tweet on his campaign account, “Stacey Abrams wants Georgians and their children to be shielded from state mandates. But they don’t appear to apply when she’s at a photo shoot.”

Abrams, a former state lawmaker, narrowly lost Georgia’s governor election to Kemp in 2018. Meghan McCain, a Republican commentator, tweeted the photo with the caption, “UNMASK OUR KIDS!!!!!”


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