Major League Baseball caved to a partisan Democratic Party operative when it moved the All-Star Game from Atlanta over the state’s new election integrity law. The culprit behind the behind-the-scenes pressure was former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, infamous for refusing to concede her race against current Governor Brian Kemp.
The news, unsurprising for those who knew the MLB Commissioner’s decision was due to activist and corporate pressure, was confirmed by Fox News on Wednesday night.
“Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner Robert Manfred decided to move the All-Star Game on his own after holding extensive discussions with voting rights groups associated with Lebron James, Stacey Abrams and Rev. Al Sharpton,” sources familiar with the move tell Fox News.
“Abrams and Sharpton told the commissioner players would boycott the game if not. Sources say that Abrams’ current stance, that she is disappointed about the Georgia boycott, is suspect as she was a key player in the decision,” the report continued. “James has publicly supported the Georgia boycott.”
“Abrams’ group and Sharpton also urged the commissioner to support other issues, including voter drives and H.R. 1, the For the People Act — sweeping election reform that recently passed the House,” the report went on.
When Major League Baseball issued its statement, it appears that it lied to the fans and the players about the reasons behind its decision.
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and the Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views,” the statement read.
Those “among others” are radical left-wing activists who appear to be the actual force behind the decision, which cost the state of Georgia as much as $100 million in revenue. It now appears MLB will move the All-Star Game to Colorado, another blue state that has various election laws that are as rigid as Georgia’s, including a voter ID requirement to register.
On Tuesday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Administrative Order on Tuesday that pushes back against Georgia’s new election integrity law.
Mayor Bottoms’ order states that the election integrity measures signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp make changes that “include empowering officials to take over local election boards, limiting the use of ballot drop boxes, and imposing new voter identification requirements and limitations for the use of absentee ballots.”
The mayor also argues that these “voting restrictions will disproportionately impact residents in cities and counties with high density populations, including the City of Atlanta, and will impose barriers to their ability to vote.”
However, multiple studies show that voter ID does not suppress registration or turnout; voter IDs in Georgia are free to those who qualify; more than 98% of adult Georgians already have voter IDs; a social security number or driver’s license number is all that is needed to vote absentee; water is allowed in voter lines (but food and water cannot be given out by electioneers, as in most states); and the Georgia law expands access to voting for most residents.
The Georgia law has been characterized as “Jim Crow 2.0” by several critics in the Democratic Party, such as former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has slammed such characterizations.
“There is nothing ‘Jim Crow’ about requiring a photo or state-issued ID to vote by absentee ballot – every Georgia voter must already do so when voting in-person,” Kemp said in a statement to The Hill.
“President Biden, the left, and the national media are determined to destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box,” Kemp said, adding, “It is obvious that neither President Biden nor his handlers have actually read” the Georgia law.
Now, the MLB and the more than 200 companies that endorsed the “voter suppression” sham are going to have to contend with tens of millions of Americans who believe the integrity of their elections are infinitely more important than their corporate goods and services.
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