Former President Donald Trump doubled down on his call for a boycott of Major League Baseball after Commissioner Rob Manfred moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta over Georgia’s voting reform law.
In justifying the call, Manfred effectively embraced the false narrative that the law equated to voter suppression, declaring that MLB “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
In an interview with Newsmax, Trump called MLB a “woke” organization, and said fans are “giving up” on America’s pastime.
“They’re woke and woke is not good for our country,” the former president said Tuesday. “I think people are giving up on baseball anyway. You look at the fans … everything is way down. I don’t think anybody cares. But they shouldn’t be doing that. They shouldn’t be hurting the people of Georgia.”
“I’m just not very interested in baseball for the last number of years. You want to find a game, it’s on every channel, and yet you can’t find anything,” he added. “I would say boycott baseball … why not?”
MLB caved to pressure from Democrats and their media allies, joining with the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola to suggest Georgia’s new law designed to ensure voter integrity is too restrictive. Never mind that in many ways, it actually expanded voting opportunities.
Asked about these companies and others speaking out against Georgia’s new law, the former president said conservatives should boycott them and they “would come back into the fold very quickly.”
Saying this is what the left does, Trump was critical of a lack of leadership within the Republican Party, specifically naming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
On Saturday, Trump called on the right to “fight back” against woke companies.
“It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back —we have more people than they do—by far!” he said in a statement. “Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck. Don’t go back to their products until they relent. We can play a better game than them.”
On that note, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted a link of MLB’s corporate sponsors whom he said “pressured” the league to pull the All Star game out of Atlanta, asking among other things if these companies “hate the 75m who voted for Trump?”
These are MLB’s corporate sponsors, who pressured to pull the All Star game out of Atlanta.
Do all of them oppose voter ID?
Are all of them willing to be the woke enforcers of the corrupt Democratic Party?
And do all hate the 75m who voted for Trump? https://t.co/cuOXYFO9Gv
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 3, 2021
Trump pointed out to Newsmax that MLB moved the All Star game to Denver, Colo., and the state requires voter identification, which is a key complaint about the Georgia law. Denver is also far less diverse than Atlanta.
He reiterated a point made in a statement his Save America PAC released on Tuesday, that Georgia’s “watered down” law didn’t go far enough.
“Too bad the desperately needed election reforms in Georgia didn’t go further, as their originally approved Bill did, but the Governor and Lt. Governor would not go for it,” he said in the release.
“The watered-down version, that was just passed and signed by Governor Kemp, while better than before, doesn’t have Signature Matching and many other safety measures, which were sadly left out,” Trump added. “This Bill should have been passed before the 2020 Presidential Election, not after.”
MLB’s decision to move the All Star game should come as no surprise, as the league embraced the liberal Black Lives Matter political movement last summer following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
On opening night, player jerseys featured patches reading, “Black Lives Matter” and “United for Change,” along with an “inverted MLB logo where the silhouetted batter is black,” the league explained.
The league stamped the initials “BLM” onto pitchers’ mounds, and players were seen wearing t-shirts emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter” during pregame warmups.
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