Enough is enough.
Democratic politicians have, once again, been caught flouting the mandates and masking directives they’ve pushed to implement as Americans mask up to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tension has primarily been concentrated at schools, where children –– typically at lower risk of contracting the illness and even lower risk of severe illness –– are subject to what many believe are harmful mandates, hindering their development and affecting their mental health.
Now at the center of these tensions is Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who was pictured maskless in a room full of masked schoolchildren.
Following the appearance at the school as part of the African American read-in, Abrams stated in a since-deleted post quote tweeting the school principals tweet that she enjoyed “Spending time with Glenwood’s amazing students, faculty and staff rank as spectacular, delightful and outstanding.”
The backlash was almost immediate, as many pointed to the hypocrisy of a maskless Abrams surrounded by a group of young masked kids and teachers.
America First Legal founder, Stephen Miller, tweeted that the picture embodied “elitism, arrogance, cruelty, science denial, and glib authoritarianism of Joe Biden’s Democrat Party.”
In response to the backlash, Abrams’ campaign released a statement shaming “opponents” for using Black History Month to carry out a “false political attack,” adding that the gubernatorial candidate only took the mask off for the picture; an excuse shared by California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom.
Before Abrams’ photo went viral, basketball legend Magic Johnson tweeted a series of maskless photos with prominent maskless California leaders, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Governor Gavin Newsom.
In response to the backlash, Garcetti stated that bar the short segment where he was taking pictures, he had his mask on the entire game.
Garcetti reportedly said, “I wore my mask the entire game,” adding that “When people ask for a photograph, I hold my breath, and I put it here, and people can see that. There is a zero percent chance of infection from that.”
Newsom also claimed he wore his mask for the entire game except for the instance with Johnson where he appeared maskless. But a Rams fan cam revealed otherwise, showing Newsom maskless during the game.