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Obama Backs MLB’s Decision to Pull All-Star Game From Georgia

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Former President Barack Obama jumped on the left-wing bandwagon to praise a decision by Major League Baseball to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta this summer after Georgia Republicans passed a voter reform law meant to bolster ballot integrity.

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,” Obama tweeted on Friday after the league announced its decision.

Obama was quickly ratioed by several users online, who pointed out the hypocrisy of his statement as well as what MLB’s decision means for majority-black Atlanta.

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“Just like how you never read Obamacare before signing it into law, you’ve clearly never looked at the contents of the Georgia voting bill,” one user responded.

Another posted a graphic with a list of countries that all require proper identification in order to cast ballots.

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“Democratic countries worldwide know Voter ID is essential to prevent Voter Fraud. Those opposing Voter ID wish to hide voter fraud not solve it. There is nothing racist about this issue! Just about everyone has ID even minorities ID is required for much less important than voting,” author and travel blogger Wayne Dunlap wrote.

John Cardillo, a TV personality and former NYPD officer, wrote that the decision to pull the game cost Atlanta $100 million, much of which would have gone to black-owned businesses.

“‘Woke’ @MLB just took away the over $100,000,000 in revenue the All-Star Game and draft bring to predominantly black Atlanta businesses because rich white leftists complained about GA’s voter integrity law,” he wrote in a tweet containing the league’s announcement.

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Another report from Breitbart News suggested that the actual amount of revenue Atlanta will lose is closer to $190 million:

Bill Volckmann, Finance Director for Cobb County, appraised the All-Star Game’s economic impact to fall somewhere between $37 million and $190 million in his 213-page agenda packet. While some dispute the high-end of those projections, it’s safe to say the city – especially lower-wage workers who would have worked the event – would have benefited greatly. 

“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,” Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”

Interestingly, the concerns shown by Obama and the rest of the left-wing woke cancel mob are unfounded.

In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Friday, Gov. Brian Kemp, who signed the new voter ID law, explained that it actually expands early voting, maintains drop boxes, and gives Georgians greater polling access.

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He also hit the league for being headquartered in New York for its ‘strict’ voter integrity laws.

“Well, look, it’s so hypocritical, too. … Major League Baseball, headquartered in New York. … When you look at New York’s voting laws, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee by mail in New York. You do not in Georgia,” Kemp said.

“If you want to vote absentee here, you can do it. We have 17 days of in-person early voting before the election for people to participate. We now have two more optional days if counties opt-in to that on Sundays. It was in this bill that’s actually expanding access for voting opportunities early. New York has 10,” he continued.

“So, we have either seven or nine days more than New York, where Major League Baseball is headquartered. I guess we should be boycotting them for having their headquarters in New York. Because that law is more restrictive than ours.”

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