The campaign said that Abrams’ critics of the picture of “using a Black History Month reading” as the “impetus for a fake political attack.”
The picture, which Stacey Abrams shared through Twitter, was originally shared by the school principal Holly Brookins. After anger spread, Abrams deleted her tweet, and Brookins also deleted her Twitter account.
Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams campaign manager, shared the campaign’s official reply on Twitter.
“It is shameful that people are using a Black History Month event as the impetus for a fake political attack, and it is pitiful that they continue to seek opportunities to distract from their terrible records when it comes to guarding the public health during the covid pandemic,” the comment says.
“One of Stacey’s opponents downplayed covid-19 while trading stocks to profit from the virus after his private briefings as a Senator,” the comment said. “Another attacked mayors trying to guard their citizens and has failed to increase access to Medicaid even as rural hospitals shut down.”
Groh-Wargo says that “Stacey believes in science and supports kids wearing masks in schools as it is the current CDC recommendation,” and says that Abrams “put on a mask to the event, and removed it when she got to the podium so students could be heard who were watching remotely and for pictures.”
There is no podium in the picture.
If Abrams thinks masks protect from spreading COVID, she would have used her mask the whole time and not argued. Abrams only took off her mask out of convenience—which is a bad explanation.
But the worst part is how the campaign accused critics of “using a Black History Month event” as the “trigger for a fake political attack,” implying that anybody who called Abrams out for this hypocrisy is a racist.
If Abrams thought she did nothing wrong, she would not have removed the tweet. But, instead of apologizing for this hypocrisy, she is now hiding behind the word “racism.”