Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson led the right wing backlash on Friday after Major League Baseball said it would not play its All-Star Game in Georgia due to a new law restricting voting rights in the state.
“Baseball is already losing a lot of fans,” Trump wrote, “And now they’re leaving Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they’re scared of radical left-wing Democrats.
“Boycott baseball and all awakened companies that are interfering with free and fair elections. Are you listening to Coca-Cola, Delta and all that?
Coca-Cola and Delta are among the companies that have raised concerns about Georgia’s law, which restricts early voting and mail-in voting, measures that are seen as targeting minority voters who are likely to back Democrats. The law was passed by Republicans after Joe Biden won the state against Trump and Democrats won both Senate second-round elections in January.
Referring to the segregation of the post-Civil War South, Biden called it “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”
Carlson, a Fox News anchor who some say could even be a contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 if Trump doesn’t run again, broached the issue Friday night.
MLB, he said, “believes it has veto power over the democratic process.”
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he had “decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is to relocate this year’s All-Star Game and MLB draft” from the home of the Atlanta Braves.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports the voting rights of all Americans and opposes restrictions on the polls.”
The move was not without precedent. In 2016, North Carolina lost the right to host high-profile NCAA college events over a bill that restricted the rights of transgender people.
Biden said this week that he would support moving MLB events from Atlanta. Carlson saying which showed that the president was “willing to destroy even something as healthy as the traditional game of the country simply to increase the power of his political party.”
The head of the MLB players union has indicated his support for the measure. In a statement Friday, New York Yankees great player and Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter saying: “We must promote increased voter participation rather than any measure that negatively affects the ability to cast a vote … We support the commissioner’s decision to uphold the values of our game.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a beast noir to Trump for his refusal to overturn Biden’s victory, said MLB “gave in to fear, political opportunism and liberal lies.” He also denounced the “cancellation culture,” a key Republican topic of conversation.
Stacey Abrams, whom Kemp beat in the 2018 election as Georgia’s secretary of state, said she was “disappointed” that the All-Star Game was not being played in the state.
But Abrams, who campaigns for the right to vote and has become an influential figure in the national Democratic Party, also said she was “proud of [MLB’s] position on voting rights ”and“ urged events and productions to come forward or stay and fight ”.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism