For Democrats like Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, crying racism amid scandals is a smokescreen to save their own hides and shoehorn their agenda. But what happens when the smoke clears and it’s time to apologize for screw-ups? Are their critics no longer racists?
Shortly after she was caught red-handed without a face covering at a fully masked elementary school event in Georgia last week, Abrams joined CNN to weakly apologize for her actions while still demanding that schools keep children muzzled.
“In the excitement after I finished, because it was so much fun working with those kids, I took a picture, and that was a mistake. 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,” Abrams said on Tuesday.
It’s interesting that Abrams apologized for her “mistake” because that certainly wasn’t her initial response to being exposed for gross hypocrisy.
Abrams’ campaign initially said criticism of her bare-faced photo-op was a “false political attack” orchestrated by Republicans and hinted that the “pathetic, transparent, silly” attempt to undercut her credibility was racist because it occurred during Black History Month.
Things got even worse when a member of her team incompetently doubled down, claiming that despite photo evidence suggesting otherwise, she kept a mask on at the event except for when she was speaking from a podium.
“Stacey trusts science and supports masking in schools as it’s the current CDC recommendation,” Lauren Groh-Wargo, an Abrams spokeswoman, tweeted on Sunday. “She wore a mask to the event, and removed it at the podium so she could be heard by students watching remotely and for photos, but only with folks who were masked.”
It was only a couple of days after she tried to shift negative attention to her political opponents that Abrams finally went on CNN to apologize for her “excitement,” which apparently led to the maskless photo ops. So when is she going to apologize for smearing her critics as racist?
Abrams flashed her race card when it seemed politically convenient for her and then ditched it when it didn’t. She never believed that the people criticizing her were acting out of racism. The Democrat was looking for a quick excuse to get Democrats and the corporate media on her side so she diverted attention away from her own sins to make baseless attacks on others.
It wasn’t Abrams’ first time crying racism with the hopes of pushing a Democrat agenda, and it surely won’t be her last.
Seeing as how leftists reward race-based politics, it’s no surprise that Abrams initially tried to attribute her public berating to racist Republicans. Members of the left hurl “racist” as an insult when they get caught in hypocrisy, like Abrams, but also anytime they think it will move their agenda forward. It’s why they’ve branded necessary election integrity efforts as “Jim Crow on steroids.” It’s why the corrupt media pretended criticisms of Barack Obama were racist.
As The Federalist’s Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway wrote in 2020:
This schtick of calling Republicans racist when they do, well, anything is not new. … In 2012, then-Vice President Joe Biden told a black crowd in Virginia that the Republican Party was planning to “put you all back in chains.” In 2000, a Democratic group ran an ad saying that then-Gov. George W. Bush’s stance on hate crimes legislation was equivalent to killing James Byrd, the black man dragged to his death by three white supremacists in a truck in Texas.
In 2019, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris used the Jussie Smollett hoax to evidence their claims that America is a racist country and that Trump supporters tried to execute a “modern-day lynching.” More recently, leftists threw a fit when they said a noose, which turned out to be garage door pull rope, was left hanging inside black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s garage.
Abrams tried to whitewash her mask scandal using the race card but quickly abandoned that strategy when she realized the Democrat tide on masking is quickly changing. She never truly believed Republicans who called out her hypocrisy were doing so out of hatred for the color of her skin. Playing the race card was all about coming out on top, and there won’t be any apologies for that.