Kamala in excuse-making mode after VP caught mask-less at DC school

The office of Vice President Kamala Harris said she didn’t wear a mask during a visit to a Washington, D.C., public school because masks are optional, Fox News reported.

This comes after massive criticism and bad optics following the Monday visit, as Harris was surrounded by students who were all masked up.

In addition to Harris going maskless, school administrators at Neville Thomas Elementary School also went without facial coverings, giving rise to charges of hypocrisy.

“Masks for thee but not for me!” RNC Research said in a tweet.

“Kamala Harris, unmasked, poses for pictures surrounded by masked kids.”

As Fox News noted, however, Washington’s public schools had moved to a mask-optional policy last month.

That still didn’t make the pictures from the event look any better, however.

“In the Democrats’ anti-science dystopia, the only person who doesn’t need to wear a mask is Kamala Harris,” said Tommy Pigott, the Republican National Committee’s rapid response director.

GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona repeated the “Rules for thee but not for me” sentiment on Twitter.

“It’s abhorrent to see the Vice President of the United State flaunting around a stage with children fully masked next to her,” Biggs told the Daily Mail.

“If the Biden-Harris regime had the ability to keep all Americans—including children—in masks forever, they would. Keeping masks on Americans and their children is not following the science.”

Harris’ gaffe comes after Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made a similar misstep in February during a visit to a public school. In a widely circulated photo, Abrams was the only one without a mask.

“I took a picture and that was a mistake. Protocols matter. 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 after the miscue.

“COVID hygiene is going to be a point of debate for a very long time, and we can only follow the science and follow our circumstances,” she continued. “Unfortunately, in Georgia, we’re not at a place where that conversation is ready because we have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.”