The news of the Major League Baseball decision to withdraw this summer’s All-Star Game from Georgia over its new voting law was echoed by fans on Saturday, with Gov. Brian Kemp vowing to defend the decision in court, saying “free and fair elections” are worth it. any threats, boycotts or lawsuits.
At a news conference, the Republican governor said that the ALB was “frightened and lied to by liberal activists” when it took place on July 13 in Atlanta’s Truist Park. He added that the decision would hurt people working in the state and have long-term consequences for the economy.
“I want to be clear. I will not back down from this fight. “They will not frighten us, they will not silence us,” Kemp said.
“Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola and Delta may be afraid of Stacey Abrams and Biden of the left, but I’m not afraid,” he said, referring to companies that have criticized the new law.
Three groups have already filed a lawsuit against the measure, which includes new restrictions on mail-order voting and greater legislative oversight of elections. Critics say it violates the first և 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, as well as parts of the Federal Voting Law that state that states cannot restrict voter turnout.
Kemp argues that opponents have misinterpreted what the law does, yet Republican lawmakers have made the changes largely in response to former President Donald Trump’s supporters in 2020. Allegations of election fraud.
Meanwhile, fans seemed to be divided over MLB’s decision.
Patrick Smith, a lifelong Braves fan in Elisville, Mississippi, said he thought the MLB had made the right decision, noting that not taking a stand polarized some supporters.
“When governments restrict ballot box access, someone has to intervene to encourage those organizations to withdraw the funds,” he said.
Lorre Sweetman, in Cahulu, Hawaii, said it was a weak move by the ALB because it was not based on the new voting laws themselves, but on “political scandals” and misinformation.
Still, when some outraged fans called for a boycott of professional baseball, he said he would not stop watching MLB games, his three grandchildren were still learning baseball.
“They were under pressure, regardless of the message it sends to fans who just want to enjoy the game and support their team,” he said. “We have to take politics out of sports.”
But Dick Pagano, a baseball fan in El Grove Village, Illinois, said he would not watch or participate in any games this year.
“They shot themselves in the leg,” said Pagano, who said he was disappointed to miss Hank Aaron’s planned All-Star Game after he once saw him play in the 1957 World Series. Aaron, who spent most of his career playing for the Brave in Atlanta, Milwaukee, faced racism and bigotry when he broke Babe Ruth’s home-breaking record.
Jeffrey Gutterman, a retired mental health counselor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who calls himself an amateur baseball historian, said the move shows that baseball is changing over time.
“I’m surprised when people say that removing it from Atlanta is a bad move because it will bring a lot of money to the region,” he said. “The question is, what is more worthwhile – moving the ‘All-Star Game’ or boosting the vote pressure?”
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Kemp criticized the MLB for not allowing him to vote in his home state of New York, saying his decision meant that a “cancellation culture” was coming to American business.
“They come to your hometown for your game or event, և they will come to cancel everything from the sport, how you earn your living, և they will not stop anywhere to silence them all,” he said.
Trump also criticized the league’s move, urging his supporters to “boycott baseball, all awakened companies that interfere with free and fair elections.”
Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama congratulated ALB for the decision.
“There is no better way for American entertainment to honor the great Hank Aaron, who has always been exemplary,” he said.
Anderson reported from New York and Willingham from Jackson, Mississippi. Associated Press writer Colin Slevin has invested in Denver.