On Saturday, author and conservative commentator Candace Owens slammed the Major League Baseball’s (MLB) decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to the restrictive voting legislation that was recently passed in Georgia.
Candace said on Twitter on Saturday, “So glad the [MLB] moved the All-Star game from a predominantly black city to a predominantly white one in order to *checks notes* help black Americans.” She added, “Democrats know best. Nothing screams ‘I’m fighting racism’ quite like transferring business from black to white people.”
So glad the @MLB moved the All-Star game from a predominantly black city to a predominantly white one in order to *checks notes* help black Americans.
Democrats know best.
Nothing screams “I’m fighting racism” quite like transferring business from black to white people.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 10, 2021
Earlier this month, Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner, said, “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
Manfred added, “In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States. We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”
Meanwhile, many Democratic supporters cheered on the MLB’s decision to follow new voting laws in the Peach State.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp blasts the MLB for moving the all star game out of Atlanta, saying they "caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies." pic.twitter.com/wETNQnaNqo
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 2, 2021
However, Republican Governor Brian Kemp criticized MLB and other large corporations who condemned the new laws as giving in to “fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies.”
The decision of MLB to move the game from Georgia could cost Atlanta businesses as much as $100 million in tourism revenue.
This week, the CEO of Jobs Creators Network, Alfredo Ortiz, said that Georgia is barely making it out of this pandemic. He added, “And now they’re faced, under the Biden administration, with potentially higher taxes, a higher minimum wage, more red tape and regulations, and now this.”
Stacey Abrams, Democratic voting champion, has expressed her disappointment at the decision to move the All-Star Game. She noted the concerns over the economic impact of it. “I respect boycotts,” Abrams said in a statement last week. She continued, “although I don’t want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs. Georgians targeted by voter suppression will be hurt as opportunities go to other states. We should not abandon the victims of GOP malice and lies – we must stand together.” However, Abrams stated that she ultimately commended the MLB decision and their players to protest about the new laws, which the Democratic party view as restrictive and an attempt to make voting harder.
Governor & House Speaker's Response to MLB All-Star Game Moved Out of Atlanta
“Today, Major League Baseball caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies" Governor Brian Kemp
"Stacey Abrams’ leftist lies have stolen the All-Star Game from Georgia" Speaker David Ralston pic.twitter.com/QTi2Zj0tW5
— Rahul Bali (@rahulbali) April 2, 2021
On the other hand, critics and MLB fans slammed MLB after it announced that the All-Star Game would be relocated out of Atlanta.
Clay Travis, OutKick and Fox Sports Radio host, called the move “simply pathetic” before criticizing it in a string of tweets.
Travis wrote, “This is the worst decision baseball has made since the  strike. You need an ID to pick up tickets to attend a baseball game. Or to get a beer inside once you’re there. But MLB is moving the all-star game because you need an ID to vote? This is pure insanity.”
Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner, made the announcement one day after the 2021 season started following mounting pressure from liberals to move the game and Major League Baseball’s amateur draft in response to Republican-backed election reform legislation recently signed by Gov. Brian Kemp.