Republicans slammed Major League Baseball (MLB) for canceling their All-Star Game in Atlanta over a new Georgia state law requiring voter identification.
The cancelation pending relocation has drawn attention from Republicans who have highlighted MLB’s hypocrisy, which includes the organization’s requirement to show identification to receive game day tickets at will call, as well as the fact that they have a player Development Center in Communist China, a country whose human rights record features perpetrating a genocide against their Muslim minority Uyghur population. The cancelation also impacts black-owned businesses in Atlanta, costing the city as much as $190 million in revenue.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quick to tweet, “Georgia’s laws don’t comport with @MLB ‘values’ but China’s do?”
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) April 3, 2021
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said MLB’s “decision to cave to a misinformation campaign from liberal extremists and their activist allies in the media is absolutely wrong.”
I’ve been a lifelong baseball fan. But @MLB’s decision to cave to a misinformation campaign from liberal extremists and their activist allies in the media is absolutely wrong.
Make no mistake—the community of Atlanta is who MLB is really hurting here.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 3, 2021
Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) tweeted, “Atlanta is not an acceptable location for the All Star Game, but playing MLB games in Havana is?”
— Ann Wagner (@AnnLWagner) April 3, 2021
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) booked a slot on Tucker Carlson Tonight where he said, “I guess we should be boycotting them for having their headquarters in New York. Because that [ID] law is more restrictive than ours.”
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) relayed “We should never bow down to pressure… over matters of principle like religious freedom or election integrity.”
Republicans nationally could learn a lot from following @GovKemp’s example!
We should never bow down to pressure from @NCAA @MLB or corps like @Delta @AmericanAir over matters of principle like religious freedom or election integrity … it’s not worth it!!! https://t.co/zRGHpGCNpX
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) April 3, 2021
Former President Donald Trump put his thoughts into the ring, calling for a boycott of MLB. “Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections,” Trump wrote. “Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!”
Statement from Trump about MLB moving their All Star game out of Atlanta 👇 pic.twitter.com/lxjGRDrOef
— Amanda (@Amanda06633260) April 3, 2021
Conservative commentator Jack Posobiec weighed in, asking if MLB will “be boycotting air travel after October 1, 2021,” citing airlines’ requirement to show ID to fly.
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 3, 2021
Tim Murtaugh, a former spokesperson for the 2020 Trump campaign, also pointed to MLB’s ID hypocrisy.
Waiting for the announcement from @MLB that they will no longer require ID for picking up tickets at will call.
It’s fan suppression!
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) April 3, 2021
And Sean Spicer directed attention to a poll that shows overwhelming support Americans have for voter ID laws.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) April 3, 2021
Why does @MLB still have antitrust immunity? It’s time for the federal government to stop granting special privileges to specific, favored corporations—especially those that punish their political opponents. https://t.co/k3GIZuGYHB
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) April 2, 2021
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 2, 2021
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
“Do all of them oppose voter ID?” Cruz tweeted. “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?”