Stacey Abrams Apologizes for Maskless Photo with Students: It Was a ‘Mistake’


Stacey Abrams speaks to the media in Atlanta, Ga., January 5, 2021. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters)

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams issued an apology for appearing maskless in a photo with masked elementary-school students in Decatur, Ga. earlier this week, calling it a “mistake.”

“I approached the podium with my mask on, I followed the protocols. I told the kids I’m taking my mask off because I’m reading to kids who are listening remotely as well, and we were socially distanced — the kids were socially distanced from me,” Abrams said during an appearance on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront.

“And then the excitement after I finished because it was so much fun working with those kids, I took a picture and that was a mistake,” she added. “Protocols matter and protecting our kids is the most important thing and anything that can be perceived as undermining that is a mistake and I apologize.”

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