Liberal hosts of "The View" pummeled Democrat Stacey Abrams on Monday for her response to a politically damaging image that showed her unmasked while posing with masked schoolchildren.
What is the background?
Abrams visited Glennwood Elementary School outside Atlanta. After her visit, the school's principal shared an image on social media showing Abrams sitting on the floor with students.
The contrast in the image was drastic: Abrams, a politicians who supports COVID restrictions, was not wearing a mask while every child in the photo was masked. In response to blowback, Abrams' campaign purged the image from social media and attempted to shift the narrative by invoking Black History Month.
"It is shameful that our opponents are using a Black History Month reading event for Georgia children as the impetus for a false political attack, and it is pitiful and predictable that our opponents continue to look for opportunities to distract from their failed records when it comes to protecting public health during the pandemic," a statement by her campaign read.
What happened on 'The View'?
After praising Abrams' political prowess, co-host Joy Behar said Abrams "should have read the room" while co-host Sunny Hostin tore into Abrams.
"It was an unforced error," Hostin said. "I think it was really hypocritical, actually, her statement. First of all, this has nothing to do with Black History Month. The point is she was not wearing a mask when she is one of those proponents of mask mandates."
"She should have worn a mask," Hostin declared, adding that Abrams' excuse for not wearing one was "lame."
Co-host Ana Navarro, meanwhile, noted that mask hypocrisy is a problematic issue for Democratic politicians across the board. Navarro invoked Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) being caught without a mask at a football game last month, which he later attempted to justify by claiming he held his breath when he was unmasked.
"I think people really resent the idea of 'Rules for thee but not for me,'" Navarro said.
Hostin later said again, "It was an unforced error of the worst sort."
"How could she not be much more careful in a room full of such small children?" Navarro later agreed. "Stupid thing to do."
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