Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (Brian Kemp) on Saturday lashed out at the new law of Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of the state because it restricts the state’s new laws, saying this The move will bring an economic blow to Georgians.
Mr. Kemp, a Republican, defined Georgia’s voting rights struggle as an all-party concocted by Democrats, rather than a civil rights effort to protect voters’ voting rights, because Republicans tried to impose new restrictions on voting nationwide.
Kemp said at a press conference: “Yesterday, Major League Baseball felt scared. It came from liberals.”
The governor included conservative slogans such as “abolish culture” in his speech, emphasizing how Republicans managed to enable people to vote to solve a thorny issue that they could incorporate into the cultural debate that energized the party’s foundation.
Mr. Kemp is preparing to run for re-election in 2022. After refusing to help Trump and becoming the main political target of former President Donald J. Trump, he strives to regain the favor of Republican voters. Trump overturned the state’s election results last year. The former Secretary of State of Georgia has his own record of decisions, which makes it more difficult for residents of the state to vote, and he has once again become the main voice of the Republican Party leading the issue.
Last Saturday, he repeatedly tried to portray the coalition’s decision, which was promoted by the voting rights advocate and former Democratic candidate for the governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams. He believes that next year will be very good. May challenge Mr. Kemp again.
Ms. Abrams is one of the most prominent critics of Georgia’s voting laws. She has postponed calls for sports leagues and companies to boycott the state. She said on Friday that she was “disappointed” by baseball officials’ cancellation of the All-Star Game, but she was “proud of their stance on voting rights.”
In defending Georgia’s laws, Mr. Kemp singled out two democratically controlled states, New York and Delaware, and compared their voting rules with Georgia’s new laws. These states do not offer as many early voting options as Georgia, but they have not passed new laws to restrict voting.
Camp said: “In New York, they have 10 days of early voting rights.” (New York actually has 9 days). “In Georgia, the minimum age is 17 and the other two Sundays are optional in the state. In New York, you must have an excuse to be absent. In Georgia, you can be absent for any reason.”
Mr. Kemp’s press conference took place after a week of television appearances. In that week, he resolutely defended the law on the grounds that due to the need to vote early on Saturday, he expanded the scope of the vote. He and other Republicans condemned the criticism of the law by state and National Democratic leaders as a political game. (The New York Times reviewed the voting law and found that there are 16 key parts that may hinder voting rights or non-partisan election management.)
The decision of the All-Star Game was the first major statement of a major organization or company since Georgia passed the voting law, and more and more companies have declared condemning the bill after the bill was signed.
Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, the two largest companies in the state, ended weeks of silence on Wednesday, stating that they violated the law.
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said on Wednesday: “I want to stay awake.” “The Coca-Cola Company does not support this legislation because it makes it more difficult for people to vote, not easier to vote.”
Large companies and Major League Baseball are under pressure to require black executives, black baseball players, and faith leaders to take action. They want to see important American institutions take a tougher stance on Georgia’s voting laws, as well as the current state The advancing is similar to Republican efforts across the country.
Mr. Camp challenged Major League Baseball to consider what to do if the Atlanta Warriors enter the playoffs.
“If the braves make the playoffs, what will they do?” he said. “Are they going to play the damn playoffs?”
He said that more changes in events or resistance will not prompt him to reconsider the law or support any adjustments to it.
Mr. Kemp said he “will not waver” and “for anyone out there who thinks that any kind of snowball effect will have an impact on me, it will not waver.”