In an effort to keep his name in the news, former President Donald Trump has been releasing a fusillade of statements complaining about a wide range of issues. In his latest rant, Trump has called for Americans to boycott “woke” Major League Baseball (MLB) after the organization announced it would move its All-Star Game out of Georgia in protest of the state’s new voting law.
“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,” Trump said in a statement on Friday.
The former president called on Americans to “boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections,” adding: “Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!”
Democrats and voting rights groups have condemned the passage of the new sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections as they say the law will disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color.
The controversial bill includes sweeping voting restrictions such as limiting the use of ballot drop boxes, cutting the time people have to request an absentee ballot, and setting photo ID requirements for absentee voting. The law also makes it a crime to offer water or food to people waiting in line to vote.
The legislation is one of a wave of GOP-backed election bills introduced in states around the country which come after Trump stoked false fraud claims regarding the 2020 election.
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MLB announced in a statement earlier the same day that they would be moving the game out of Atlanta in response to the passage of the bill.
“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,” Rob Manfred, Commissioner of the MLB, said.
“I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft. Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” he said.
The statement continued: “We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”
President Joe Biden on Friday offered his support in line with MLB’s decision.
“The President said earlier this week that if the decision was made by Major League Baseball to move the All-Star game, he would certainly support that decision – and now that MLB has made that choice, he certainly does,” the White House said in a release.