Unethical Quote Of The Week: The Stacey Abrams Campaign [Corrected]

I was going to comment on the photo above anyway, not realizing that it had set off an online controversy. Abrams is one of the most shameless power-seeking phonies among the many phonies America is inflicted with right now; the hypocrisy in the photo is hardly unique. President Biden had such an episode over the weekend; Democratic mayors, governors and other officials have made their “rules are for the gullible peons” photos and videos an art form. Most have had the sense to say, “I’m sorry,” or “I forgot,” or “I won’t do it again.” Not the Abrams campaign (she’s running for Georgia governor again).

It responded to criticism of the photo by—guess what!—accusing critics of being racist:

“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.”

Wait, is there a law that says you can’t criticize a black politician during Black History Month? I did not know that! Boy, I wish that my people—you know, bald Anglo-Greek lawyers—had a month like that!

The indignant, masterpiece of deflection continued,

One of Stacey’s opponents downplayed the virus while trading stock to profit off the pandemic after his private coronavirus briefings as a Senator,” the statement claimed. Another of her opponents attacked mayors seeking to protect their citizens and has failed to expand access to Medicaid even as rural hospitals close. This pathetic, transparent and silly attack is beneath anyone who claims he wants to lead Georgia.

Wow. Attack others to change the subject. Argue that the benign nature of the event is relevant to or mitigates Abrams’ ignoring the mask requirements that her party is pushing relentlessly. Opponents? Haven’t Abrams’ party and allies been in charge during the disastrous pandemic year of 2021 just past?

Abrams was caught, and all her campaign can do is metaphorically shout and stamp its feet and call people names. She was caught. Phonies usually are, sooner or later.

The photo was originally posted by Glennwood Elementary School principal Holly Brookins. Abrams retweeted it, which is significant: the photo of herself sitting unmasked among all those allegedly vulnerable children (who shouldn’t be forced to wear masks at all) didn’t even set off her ethics alarms. Only after the the critics “pounced” did Abrams think “DOH!” and delete the retweet, while Brookins deleted her entire Twitter account. “Photo? What photo?”

If there was nothing wrong about the photo, why delete it?

[Notice of Correction: In the original post, I wrote “In a negligence trial, subsequent repairs are admissible as evidence of guilt.” That’s exactly backwards: such repairs are not admissible for that purpose, because its is viewed as unduly prejudicial and against public policy to discourage repairs. It is evidence of guilt, but not admissible. Thanks to Hal for the correction. I apologize for the misinformation.]

In addition to being a phony, Abrams just isn’t very bright, and, apparently, neither is her staff.

The  official excuse is now that “Stacey trusts science and supports masking in schools as it’s the current CDC recommendation… [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.”

Which current CDC recommendation? I haven’t checked in the last few hours. Anyway, if she “trusts science”—and what a fatuous, pandering, meaningless statement THAT is–then she would leave her mask on while speaking, because speaking (and singing, and shouting) sends out more deadly droplets further than just breathing. I also like the emphasis on the students “watching remotely,” when I count at least 40 masked students in the room behind her.

I wonder what it will take to convince race-hucksters like Abrams and her flailing party that calling critics racists is a rapidly deteriorating tactic, and one that reflects badly, if accurately, on its habitual adherents.

8 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Week: The Stacey Abrams Campaign [Corrected]

  1. Which current CDC recommendation?

    Maybe this one?
    CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all* students (ages 2 years and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

    I don’t see anything in this recommendation that exempts speaking and photo opportunities.

    • It would not surprise me to see such an exemption added soon. Abrams is following luminaries like Eric Garcetti, London Breed, Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Gretchen Whitmer, Andrew Cuomo, Joe & Dr Biden, John Kerry, and others that I can’t recall at the moment; they are our betters and we must acknowledge that they can weigh risks that the rest of us simply cannot comprehend.

  2. Minor Correction – Please see:
    Federal Rules of Evidence › ARTICLE IV. RELEVANCE AND ITS LIMITS › Rule 407. Subsequent Remedial Measures https://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/fre/rule_407
    Rule 407. Subsequent Remedial Measures
    When measures are taken that would have made an earlier injury or harm less likely to occur, evidence of the subsequent measures is NOT admissible to prove:
    negligence;
    culpable conduct;
    a defect in a product or its design; or
    a need for a warning or instruction.
    But the court may admit this evidence for another purpose, such as impeachment or — if disputed — proving OWNERSHIP, control, or the feasibility of precautionary measures.

  3. Also – doesn’t her campaign need permission from each and every parent of a child in that photo before it’s published? I know there were very strict conditions for photos of students at the public school where my wife taught for many years.

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