Many critics blamed Democrats — specifically President Joe Biden and far-left activist Stacy Abrams — for Major League Baseball’s decision to dump Atlanta as the host city for this year’s All Star Game and Draft, which will hurt the state’s economy.
Abrams claimed that she was “disappointed” in MLB’s decision to pull out of Atlanta before she praised them, saying she was “proud of their stance” on political issues.
“GA GOP traded economic opportunity for suppression,” Abrams falsely claimed. The Washington Post reported in a fact check this week that experts consulted by the newspaper said that the “net effect was to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them.”
In an interview the day before MLB made their decision, Biden said that he would “strongly support” the league boycotting the city over the law that was passed by democratically-elected officials.
“Today, @MLB caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies,” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said in a statement. “Georgians – and all Americans – should fully understand what the MLB’s knee-jerk decision means: cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included. If the left doesn’t agree with you, facts and the truth do not matter.”
“This attack on our state is the direct result of repeated lies from Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams about a bill that expands access to the ballot box and ensures the integrity of our elections,” Kemp continued. “I will not back down. Georgians will not be bullied. We will continue to stand up for secure, accessible, fair elections. Earlier today, I spoke with the leadership of the Atlanta Braves who informed me they do not support the MLB’s decision.”
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr responded to the news by writing: “The blame for every job lost and every dollar stripped from hardworking Georgians as a result of the MLB’s decision lies squarely with @staceyabrams, @POTUS, @ReverendWarnock and @ossoff. #StaceysBigLie.”
“Due to a major misinformation campaign, @mlb is moving their All Star Game — with special tribute and focus on Atlanta legend Hank Aaron — out of Atlanta,” political strategist Matt Whitlock wrote. “Just an absolute disaster. Congratulations to @staceyabrams.”
“Note that @MLB, like @Delta any many others, haven’t listed a single specific issue with the bill,” Whitlock continued. “That’s because their beef isn’t with the bill, it’s with the perception Stacey Abrams, Democrats, and the media created with rampant misinformation. Just outrageous.”
Political strategist Liz Mair took a swipe at Georgia Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock and Abrams, writing: “This is also really awkward for him given his v close ties to Abrams, who was THE figure selling the law as Jim Crow 2.0 immediately. It’s literally all her messaging. She says she didn’t want MLB to pull out but you make your bed, you lie in it… so may Raphael for that matter.”
This is also really awkward for him given his v close ties to Abrams, who was THE figure selling the law as Jim Crow 2.0 immediately. It’s literally all her messaging. She says she didn’t want MLB to pull out but you make your bed, you lie in it… so may Raphael for that matter. https://t.co/FeC9F5cPF1
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) April 2, 2021
Numerous other reports and political commentators also weighed in on the situation, blaming Abrams for MLB’s decision to pull out of the state.
You lied, and now it's hurting your state. Take a bow. https://t.co/QTKpMo92uw
— I got your #Unity right here (@jtLOL) April 2, 2021
She's trying to put out the forest fire she started with a cup of water https://t.co/GfrurIL2Jd
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) April 3, 2021
You caused this. https://t.co/C4KlnkBw6c
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 3, 2021
Abrams is notorious for promoting falsehoods about elections, specifically the 2018 race she lost against Kemp in Georgia’s governor race.