Barack Obama voiced support of the MLB’s recent decision to pull the 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta in protest against the new voting restrictions in the state of Georgia, according to Fox News.
Obama said that the MLB’s stance honors the Braves Hall of Famer, Hank Aaron.
“Congratulations to [MLB] for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens,” Obama tweeted. “There’s no better way for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example.”
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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 3, 2021
Biden recently called the new voting restrictions “sick” and referred to them as being “Jim Crow on steroids.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and former President Donald Trump voiced their criticism and urged their supporters to “boycott baseball” since the MLB gave in to the “Radical Left Democrats.”
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred gave an announcement stating that the 2021 All-Star Game and MLB draft will be relocated out of the state due to the league values “fair access to voting.”
“I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft,” Manfred said in a statement.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
The MLB has yet to announce its plans for relocation but Milwaukee submitted itself as a viable option to host this year’s game.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said, “It is a particularly appropriate location to honor Hank Aaron who is a revered and beloved former Milwaukeean.”
Last year during the Presidential Election saw record-breaking voting numbers that led to a Democratic victory in the state of Georgia.
In response, GOP-led Georgia legislature passed the new voting rules that supporters say will add integrity to the election system.
Democrats fiercely opposed the recently implemented voter suppression tactics.
Georgia placed restrictions on voting by mail and will require Gerogie residents to provide a photo i.d. in order to cast a ballot.
The new restrictions have placed limits on the number of drop box locations and operating hours.
The law allows for “self-service water from an unattended receptacle.”
From Fox News:
Obama said MLB’s stance is a fitting way to honor former Braves Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who broke down racial barriers during his storied career. Aaron died in Atlanta on Jan. 22 at the age of 86.
The law mandates two Saturdays of early voting ahead of general elections, an increase from just one, and says two Sundays are optional. The law also bans outside groups from handing out free food or water to those waiting in line to vote.