Former President Obama has gone to bat for Major League Baseball, issuing a rare tweet Saturday praising their decision to move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta to protest restrictive new voting laws in the Peach State.
“Congratulations to @MLB for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens. There’s no better way for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example,” the former commander in chief said.
Georgia earned liberal ire last month after Gov. Brian Kemp signed the restrictive new measures into law. The bill requires photo IDs for mail-in voting and forbids bringing food or water to people waiting in voting lines.
Republicans say the law is necessary to curb voter fraud. The issue became a cause célèbre in the state after former President Trump narrowly lost Georgia to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Though there is no evidence of widespread fraud influenced the outcome, Georgia and a number of other GOP-controlled states have moved swiftly to tighten up voting anyway.
Trump himself shot back at the MLB in a statement of his own Friday evening, urging a boycott.
“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,” Trump said. “Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!”