Following recently passed election reform laws in Georgia, Democrats initiated a corporate boycott of the state, which included Major League Baseball moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta. Even President Joe Biden expressed his support for the move, despite the economic harm it would cause to residents of the city and state.
Now comes word that Biden will soon hold a rally in Atlanta, and that news isn’t sitting well with some in the state, such as former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones (R), who called it a “slap in the face” to the people of Atlanta, The Washington Times reported.
The Times noted that the MLB pulled the All-Star Game from Atlanta just days after Biden, who repeatedly referred to Georgia’s election reforms as being akin to the racist “Jim Crow” laws of the segregated South, signaled his support for the MLB doing so.
“A slap in the face”
During an appearance Sunday on Fox & Friends, Jones, previously a Democrat who has switched to be Republican, decried the announced visit by Biden as both hypocritical and hurtful to those who were negatively impacted by the president’s gross rhetoric and the resultant boycotts.
“Now here’s Joe Biden coming to visit Atlanta,” Jones said. “What he’s trying to do is save face because he cost many, many African American businesses and others an opportunity to benefit during Major League Baseball.”
“So I don’t even understand why he’s coming here. Now he can come here, but Major League Baseball can’t come here. You see the hypocrisy in that, Pete?” he continued.
Jones added, “And it’s just an embarrassment and it’s also a slap in the face to many of us here in Georgia for him to even show his face here.”
The former state representative reiterated that point Monday when he tweeted, “This week @JoeBiden plans on visiting Georgia. ‘Jim Crow Joe’ better be ready to explain why he encouraged the MLB All-Star game to relocate, taking $100 Million dollars away from Atlanta’s small business owners.”
The Times noted that the city of Atlanta and the surrounding metro area is estimated to lose out on approximately $100 million in anticipated revenue directly attributable to the MLB All-Star Game and related events that were scheduled to take place July 13.
Rather ironically, given Biden’s cries of racism and “Jim Crow,” and considering that Atlanta is about 51% Black and roughly 30% of its small businesses are minority-owned, the MLB moved the lucrative All-Star Game to Denver, Colorado, a city that is 76% white with far fewer minority-owned businesses.
That wasn’t the only hypocrisy clearly on display in President Biden’s upcoming visit to Atlanta, either.
Fox News host Pete Hegseth noted that the visit will revolve around the topics of climate change, the Green New Deal and Biden’s infrastructure spending proposals. Yet, the president will fly to Atlanta and back to Washington, D.C. on the carbon pollution-spewing Air Force One, and while there, will hold a drive-in rally, meaning lots of cars driving in on crumbling infrastructure and emitting carbon pollution for the duration of Biden’s speech.