Donald Trump and former President Obama find themselves in a head-to-head confrontation again, this time in the culture war.
After Major League Baseball announced it was moving the All-Star game from Atlanta, Georgia, and Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola attacked Georgia Republicans for their new voter security laws, Trump and Obama had very opposite responses.
“Congratulations to @MLB for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens,” Obama said in a tweet on Saturday.
“There’s no better way for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example,” he said.
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
But that is not how Trump sees it.
He was furious on Friday after Major League Baseball announced that it would be moving its 2021 All-Star Game from Georgia after the Republican legislature passed laws to secure the vote,” The Guardian reported.
“Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections. Boycott baseball and all of the woken companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!” Trump said in an email to supporters.
On Friday Major League Baseball Commission Rob Manfred announced the league’s decision to move the All-Star Game.
“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,” the commissioner said. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
“Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support,” he said.
And Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian also attacked the Georgia law.
“I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values,” he said in an email to his employees. “After having time to now fully understand all that is in the bill, coupled with discussions with leaders and employees in the Black community, it’s evident that the bill includes provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters, particularly Black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives. That is wrong.”
“The entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie: that there was widespread voter fraud in Georgia in the 2020 elections. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, that excuse is being used in states across the nation that are attempting to pass similar legislation to restrict voting rights,” he said.
Trump expanded his boycott later in the day on Saturday.
“For years the Radical Left Democrats have played dirty by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them,” he said. “Now they are going big time with WOKE CANCEL CULTURE and our sacred elections.”
“It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back—we have more people than they do—by far!” he said. “Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck. Don’t go back to their products until they relent. We can play the game better than them.”
Atlanta’s Major League baseball team, The Atlanta Braves, was furious with Major League Baseball’s decision.
“This was neither our decision nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city,’ the team said in a statement on social media.
“The Braves organization will continue to stress the importance of equal voting opportunities and we had hoped our city could use this event as a platform to enhance the discussion. Our city has always been known as an uniter in divided times and we will miss the opportunity to address issues that are important to our community.
“Unfortunately, businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision. We will continue to support the community legacy projects which have been planned are in process,” the team said.