Appearing with Fox News host Martha MacCallum on Monday, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul called for the public to boycott Major League Baseball (MLB) after MLB decided to relocate its All-Star Game out of Georgia because of a voting bill passed by the state.
Asked by MacCallum about boycotting MLB in response, Paul answered, “They started it. Major League Baseball wants to boycott the whole state of Georgia, including Atlanta. They’ve already gotten rid of the All-Star Game and the draft, and they’re doing it because they don’t like a Republican law — a law that actually expands voting; it doesn’t contract voting. Georgia now has more early voting than New York has. It’s kind of ridiculous; even the facts don’t meet what they’re trying to do.”
“But my point is, yeah, they want to boycott us, why don’t we boycott them,” Paul continued, segueing to companies with headquarters in Atlanta and slammed the voting bill. “This is the only thing that will teach them a lesson. If Coca-Cola wants to only operate in Democrat states and wants only Democrats to drink Coca-Cola, God love ’em. We’ll see how well they do when half of the country is drinking Coca-Cola, when half of the country quits using Delta. So the thing is, they’re all woke but they’re really doing something against the financial interest of every business. Publicly-traded businesses usually don’t get involved with politics because it hurts their bottom line to make half the country unhappy.”
MacCallum quoted NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley accusing politicians from both parties of using racial politics to “divide and conquer” the American populace so they could retain power. Paul responded, “It really isn’t the Right or Republicans using race; it’s the Left using race and saying everything is about racism. So any kind of grievance they have — they say the filibuster is racist now, even though most minorities and people in the minority always supported the filibuster because it defended, specifically, minority rights.”
Turning back to MLB, Paul continued, “But the whole thing about this, I can’t imagine, they’re boycotting the Georgia state law and yet they do business with China. China’s never seen a free election. China’s now putting people in jail for over a year at a time, for speech violations. And yet they do business with China, but Georgia expanded their voting, they added early voting, more early voting than Delaware or New York, and yet they’re punishing Georgia because they think it’s somehow some sort of Jim Crow. These people holding up Jim Crow signs need to remember it was the Democrats who instituted Jim Crow across the South; it’s the legacy of the Democrat Party, and what Republicans have done in Georgia is expand voting access, if you read the bill.”
MacCallum opined that the Democrats hope that people do not read the Georgia bill, that they’re hoping that what people latch on to is that the Democrats have called the bill “Jim Crow 2.0” and that President Biden has criticized it, despite the fact that Biden’s home state of Delaware has more restrictive voting laws than Georgia.
“I think facts do matter,” Paul answered. “And I think this is why there needs to be a broad range of news outlets, so they’re not just one set of news outlets that are shaping the news to one opinion. And I think we still do have a broad range … people are going to be able to figure this out. There’s no way they sweep this under the rug.”
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