Biden BACKS MLB pulling All-Star Game from Georgia over ‘Jim Crow voting laws’ amid backlash over ‘woke’ boycotts
JOE Biden has backed the Major League Baseball (MLB) for pulling All-Star Game from Georgia over “Jim Crow voting laws”.
It decided to leave Georgia in light of its new voting laws that many have called restrictive.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Friday the league would be leaving the Braves’ home turf in July due to the Republican-led election laws signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
The Colorado Rockies will now host the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13, with the event moving to Coors Field in Denver, where the Rockies play.
Wading into the controversy, President Biden again criticized Georgia’s new “Jim Crow” voting law and praised companies like MLB for “speaking up” after the All-Star game was yanked from Atlanta.
He told reporters: “But the best way to deal with this is for Georgia and other states to smarten up, stop it, stop it.
“It’s about getting people to vote.”
Biden also said it was “up to The Masters” if the tournament wanted to follow MLB’s lead and pull the golf championship out of the state.
It comes as Democrats call for action against GOP-endorsed voting legislation in Georgia and other states, and Republicans blast corporate America for being too “woke”.
Biden said: “Look, you know, it is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are.”
Biden continued: “But there’s another side of it too.
“The other side to it too is that when they, in fact, move out of Georgia, the people who need the help the most, people who are making hourly wages, sometimes get hurt the most.
“I think it’s a very tough decision for a corporation to make or group to make.”
He added: “But I respect it when they make that judgment and I support whatever judgment they make.”
The best way to deal with this is for Georgia and other states to smarten up, stop it, stop it
US President Joe Biden
The Master’s starts on Thursday and Augusta National Golf Club chairman Fred Ridley has not yet spoken publicly on the Georgia voting law controversy.
Republicans have led a backlash over MLB pulled the All-Star Game out of Georgia and decided to have Denver, Colorado host the competition instead.
A number of Republicans pointed out that in some instances Georgia had less strict voting laws.
Many politicos have called the laws a new version of “Jim Crow,” relying on voter disenfranchisement to keep people away from the polls.
A majority agree that Republicans, led by Kemp, acted in retribution to their Senate losses in January that saw the election of Democratic Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
“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,” Manfred said in a statement.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” he continued.
“Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”