Former President Donald Trump called for people to boycott Major League Baseball (MLB) on Friday night after the league caved to pressure from leftists to cancel the All Star Game, which was scheduled to take place in Atlanta, after Georgia passed a law to tighten up voting security around the state.
Trump’s statement comes after MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced earlier in the day that the league was moving both All-Star Game and MLB Draft to a new host city following a misleading pressure campaign from leftists about the state’s new laws.
“Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections,” Trump said in a statement. “Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!”
MLB’s decision came after Democrat President Joe Biden told ESPN that he “strongly support[ed]” the league moving its All Star Game out of Atlanta. “You are going to close a polling place at 5 o’clock when working folks just get off,” Biden falsely claimed.
The Washington Post gave Biden its worst possible score for the lie — 4 Pinocchios — reporting that experts that it consulted with said that “the net effect was to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them.”
“I think it’s morally reprehensible and disgusting that he’s perpetuating economic blackmail over a lie,” Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling said. “It’s a lie. This is no different than the lie of Trump saying there was voter fraud in this state. And the people who are going to be most hurt by [a boycott] are the workers in all of these places that are going to be impacted.”
One analysis highlighted another portion of Georgia’s new law that has been misrepresented by some:
One minor provision that’s received outsized attention is a prohibition on outside groups or people distributing money, gifts, food, or drinks to voters within 150 feet of a polling place or 25 feet of voters standing in line to vote. Polling places, however, can make self-service water receptacles available to voters waiting in line.
The Atlanta Braves responded to the MLB’s decision to remove the events from the state by saying it was not the Braves’ decision “nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city.”
“Unfortunately, businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision,” the team added.
This report has been updated to include additional information.