It’s almost too ridiculous to be real —but it definitely happened.

Stacey Abrams, who is currently campaigning to be the next governor of Georgia, posed for a tone-deaf photo op —smiling maskless in a classroom filled with masked children, staff and teachers.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Abrams visited Glennwood Elementary School on Friday to talk about her new children’s book and speak with faculty and staff. The school’s principal tweeted her thanks — along with images of Abrams, without a mask, posing with students and faculty.”

“Within hours, Republicans had bombarded both the principal and Abrams with attacks criticizing the Democratic candidate. Not long after the principal deleted her tweet, Abrams did the same.”

“This kind of hypocrisy is exactly why Georgians see her campaign for governor for what it truly is: a quest for more power,” said a spokesman for Abrams’ gubernatorial rival Gov. Brian Kemp, adding that the Republican incumbent is “fighting to put students and parents first.”

Abrams’ campaign shot back with a statement.

“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,” the statement reads.

Singer and actress Katharine McPhee blasted the Abrams campaign on Instagram, saying ““What the actual hell… politicians at their finest. Mask up the children and you yourself sit without a mask. The hypocrisy continues,” McPhee wrote. “I’m sure she will say… ‘but I had my mask in my hand!’” 

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