Major League Baseball (MLB) joined the ranks of a growing number of “woke” corporations this week when the league made the stunning decision to protest a new election reform law in Georgia by moving its All-Star Game and the upcoming draft out of the state.
The move came just 48 hours after President Joe Biden revealed in an interview that he wanted the MLB to kick Georgia to the curb. Now, however, the controversial decision is causing turmoil from within the ranks of the Democratic Party. According to the Daily Caller, newly minted Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) blasted the Biden-backed move to relocate as a bad idea that unfairly punishes citizens and businesses in the Peach State.
The MLB All-Star Game — which is one of the league’s most popular attractions, aside from the World Series — was set to kick off in Atlanta on July 13, just in time for an easing of pandemic-related restrictions.
From providing temporary employment opportunities to being a make-or-break day for hundreds of vendors, many were counting on the All-Star Game to help rebound their businesses from a revenue loss last year — not to mention the fact that it would mark another step toward returning to normalcy.
After MLB executives announced that they would be moving the game and the upcoming draft out of the state in protest of election reform law recently signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), Ossoff quickly went on record to decry the move, arguing that there are better ways to protest that don’t hurt the entire state, like specifically targeting the Georgia Republican Party.
“I absolutely oppose and reject any notion of boycotting Georgia,” Ossoff said, according to the Daily Caller.
“Georgia welcomes business, investment, jobs, opportunity, and events. In fact, economic growth is driving much of the political progress we have seen here. Georgia welcomes the world’s business,” the senator added. “Corporations disgusted like we are with the disgraceful Voter Suppression bill should stop any financial support to Georgia’s Republican Party, which is abusing its power to make it harder for Americans to vote.”
Biden takes sides
The president had already been labeled an outright liar by the otherwise Democrat-friendly Washington Post after he was issued a rating of “Four Pinocchios” over false statements he made concerning the new Georgia election law, specifically pertaining to changes in voting hours, which were actually extended to allow more voters to have a chance at casting their ballots.
However, the truth didn’t seem to stop Biden from continuing to spread the falsehoods concerning the new law, as he and his communications staff continue to push a false narrative that the measure is reminiscent of the Jim Crow era.
The president continued to exploit that narrative during a Wednesday interview with ESPN wherein he first suggested that the MLB move the All-Star Game from the state.
“Look at what’s happened across the board. The very people who are victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports,” Biden said, according to the Daily Caller. “I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They’re leaders.”
Ironically, moving the event out of Atlanta will only serve to hurt the very people Biden claims to want to protect. Only time will tell how Ossoff and other Georgia Democrats will react to such unprecedented pressure from the federal government.