Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams posted a single image to Twitter that immediately drew intense backlash from media pundits and Americans alike.
In the photo, Abrams is seen sitting in front of a classroom full of young students, all of whom were masked, with Abrams smiling for the camera, completely maskless. As PJ Media’s Matt Margolis wrote in a piece this week, the photo should bring an abrupt end to Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign.
Stacey Abrams is mask-less while all the children around her suffer. This is child abuse. pic.twitter.com/48tX3PyKTI
— Jake Evans (@JakeEvansGA) February 6, 2022
The incredibly disturbing photo op came as the Democratic candidate visited Glenwood Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia. Making matters worse for Abrams, that particular school district has a standing mask mandate in place, making her the latest example of a “rules for thee, but not for me” Democrat.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) even weighed in on the moment, pointing out Abrams’ extreme hypocrisy and double standard for Democrats who push ridiculous mandates for everyone but themselves.
“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,” Kemp tweeted.
Notably, after a full day of intense backlash over her photo, Abrams deleted it from her account. However, such a cheap move won’t make it go away, as it’s still being circulated widely across all major social media platforms, and Margolis believes that photo alone will do irreparable harm to her gubernatorial ambitions.
Not surprisingly, Abrams played the race card — subtly — in her response to the mountain of criticism she faced after the photo went super viral. In her response, she accused Republicans of being “shameful” for Republican critics to use a Black History Month book reading to fuel “pitiful and predictable” criticism.
Only time will tell if Abrams survives the awkward and humiliating moment, but with more parents on both sides of the political aisle growing sick and tired of Democrats’ insistence that children be muzzled in classrooms, the blowback could be too much from which to overcome.