Vice President Kamala Harris chose not to wear a mask while visiting a Washington, D.C., school this week, claiming masks were optional, though students were required to wear masks.
Harris’ explanation for mask-less school visit: Masks were optional for students https://t.co/nSH18hMX7y
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 5, 2022
“Harris visited Neville Thomas Elementary School on Monday, and images from the visit showed her and school administrators bare-faced alongside young students wearing masks,” Fox News reported.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 5, 2022
“Kamala Harris walked up to the stage unmasked, meanwhile, all the children behind her are masked,” tweeted RNC rapid response director Tommy Pigott, the New York Post reported. “This is the future Democrats want.”
“In the Democrats’ anti-science dystopia, the only person who doesn’t need to wear a mask is Kamala Harris,” Pigott said in a second tweet.
The scene appeared very similar to a February incident in Georgia in which Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Adams was photographed maskless alongside masked elementary children.
Abrams later apologized for the concerning pictures from the event.
In the case of Harris, masks were reportedly optional at the school she attended, but her photos with all masked children were frustrating to many who have endured two years of seemingly-contradictory pandemic rules.
The case is one of many Harris public outings under scrutiny in recent days. The vice president has also been widely mocked on social media over recent speeches.
The latest word salad from Kamala. I’m sure she’s communicating here, but since I don’t speak gibberish… I have no idea what it is.pic.twitter.com/VXNWxuHSJ4
— psychforensic 🇺🇸 (@psychforensic) March 31, 2022
The latest controversy is one of many related to the White House’s response to the pandemic regarding children in schools. Most Americans hope the pandemic restrictions are over for good, allowing children to focus on learning at school.