Former President Donald Trump on Friday issued a call to “boycott baseball” after Major League Baseball’s decision to move its All-Star Game and draft out of Atlanta in protest of the recently signed voter ID law in Georgia.
“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,” the former president said in an email through his Save America PAC.
MLB’s Friday decision to move the game out of Atlanta follows a wave of corporations which have taken disproving stances against the recently signed legislation, which Republicans argue is aimed at securing election integrity and making it more difficult to cheat.
MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. said the decision to relocate came after “thoughtful conversations” with clubs, the Players Association, and the Players Alliance. He said moving the events is “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.”
“Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections,” Trump wrote, adding, “Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!”
The former president is no stranger to voicing his opinion on sports getting entangled in political matters, as he is known for his vehement disagreement with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest or any players kneeling as a demonstration during the national anthem. Trump even called on football fans to boycott if the NFL did not crack down on those refused to stand for the national anthem because they were, in his view, “disrespecting our flag and country.”
Republicans have pushed back on corporations voicing opinions in on Georgia voting law and have bashed businesses, such as Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, for releasing statements critical of the voting legislation.
On Friday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp called the MLB’s decision to move the game an example of “cancel culture,” adding that Republicans in the state are “not backing down” against Democratic activists and corporations participating in the voting law boycott.
The law’s provisions make some alterations to voting scheduling procedures and limits the number of absentee ballot drop box locations, though the bulk of the measure requires a photo ID in order to vote absentee by mail.
Democrats who oppose the measure argue the provisions are aimed at disenfranchising voters. Democratic litigation attorneys from Perkins Coie issued a lawsuit against the legislation on behalf of three Democratic activist organizations, alleging the law violates the 14th Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.