Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said on Saturday that his decision to cancel the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was a “political activity” because of his opposition to the state voting law.
Kemp made an appearance on the “Fox and Friends Weekend” show, saying that the alliance’s “deliberate removal of culture” was “unfortunate” and accused President Biden, Georgia activist Stacy Abrams And “many other people” lied to his election bill recently signed into law.
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The Republican governor said: “This is a really sad day for Major League Baseball.” “As someone who played baseball as a child and as a fan, he played a brave fan in high school-I mean. Yes, it’s terrible for the organization. For the fans, it’s terrible. For small businesses, it’s terrible. Everyone in the Atlanta metropolitan community, and we want to host this game and contribute to the game The states that have invested a lot of resources are all because of lies.”
Kemp signed the bill on March 25. The bill introduced new restrictions on mail voting, increased voter ID requirements and restricted ballot boxes. It also stipulates that there must be two early voting on Saturdays before the general election, while there was only one Saturday before and two Sundays are optional.
Finally, it prohibits outside groups from distributing food or water to people waiting in line to vote.
Critics believe that the legislation initiated by the Republican Party is an attempt to suppress Democratic votes. Biden attacked the law in his first press conference last month, calling it “despicable” and “non-American.”
He said in a statement on March 23: “This is the Jim Crow of the 21st century. It must end.”
Abrams wrote in a statement on Friday that Republican lawmakers defended the voting bill by saying that they “know the economic risks” and “prioritize people of color to vote against the economic well-being of all Georgians.”
She said: “I am disappointed that MLB is relocating the All-Star Game; but I commend the players, owners and league committee members for their statements. I urge other leadership to do the same.” “As I said. , I respect the boycott, although I don’t want to see Georgian families being harmed by incidents and job losses. Georgians who aim to suppress voters will be harmed by opportunities to flow to other states. We should not abandon the malicious and malicious Republican victims. Lie-we must stand together.”
Abrams called on Georgian Republicans to “abandon the severe damage they caused, [Georgia’s] “Voting system” and “the damage they cause to our economy”.
Mounting pressure, Biden’s statement and support from activists such as Abrams prompted Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred to announce this move.
He said: “The Major League Baseball fundamentally supports the voting rights of all Americans and opposes restrictions on the ballot box.”
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian also called the law “unacceptable,” and Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said the law was “regressive.”
However, Kemp believes-echoing his interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday-the bill “does not suppress anything” and points out that the new law is more advantageous than New York.
He told “Fox and Friends”: “We have 17 days of face-to-face early voting, and New York has 10 days. This bill increases the chances that people may vote on two optional Sundays, which may make certain counties There are 19 days to vote.” Host.
“Are we boycotting them because they are in New York? No. This is just a culture of cancellation. I will tell you that people in the family should be scared because next is their ball game, next is their business, their way of life Will be next.”
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Kemp said that Biden is not honest and that “suppression” is just a “buzzword” used to “puff” the CEO and the company’s board of directors.
“None of them cited details in the bill. If you notice, they just say,’This is a step backwards.’ Or, you know, “This is wrong. “Or anything else,” he added. “It’s like no one of them pointed out the details of the bill, because they knew that the damn people were making the bill with us in the Capitol. They knew what was in the bill, and now their position has changed.”
Kemp said he agreed with former President Donald Trump. Donald Trump said in a statement on Friday that the leaders of the Major League Baseball are “fearful of radical left-wing Democrats.”
“Boycott baseball and all wake-up companies that interfere with free and fair elections. Are you listening to Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines or something?” he said.
“Well, I think [former] Kemp said: “Presidents like me are very frustrated with this culture of cancellation.” He pointed out that the Atlanta Braves organization does not support the Major League Baseball decision, and “even Democrats have expressed their desire. How wrong is moving this game.”
He said he was happy to discuss this issue with Major League Baseball-Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger reflected this view. But he pointed out that he believes that “the script on this matter” has been “written more than a month ago.” “, because Democrats like Biden and Abrams think it “will get bad.”
“But, you know, the end result is not because it went through the whole process. We worked with the House of Representatives and the Senate, equipped with reasonable personnel, and provided them with more access, but at the same time, we must ensure that it is easy in Georgia. Voting is hard to cheat. And, I don’t think they agree with it.” He thought.
Camp pointed out that the bill has been studied for more than four or five months and that “none of these people” “has nothing to say.”
Camp said: “In the end, they did say some questions, but in the end they didn’t put a vote, and this should be the way the process works.” “For baseball fans, it’s so sad that the league is now Make American baseball so political.”
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The governor believes that the use of discretion to promote HR1 (also known as the “For the People’s Act”) is to blame. The regulations will require all states to provide features such as mail voting and automatic voter registration.
Kemp added: “This is the political activity of the President, Stacey Abrams and many others who want HR1 to pass.”
Paulina Dedaj of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.