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.
“Protocols matter. Protecting our kids is the most important thing, and anything that can be perceived as undermining that is a mistake, and I apologize.” @staceyabrams shares the story behind photo of her without a mask at a school event. pic.twitter.com/58s4HqL6tO
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“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.”