Baseball season officially kicked off this week, but there's already a push to boycott the MLB. A big part of what's helping to drive that: Donald Trump. The former president on Friday called for a snub of the league after it announced earlier that day it was pulling its July All-Star Game out of Atlanta's Truist Park, a reaction to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp last month signing new voting restrictions into law. "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," Trump said in a statement, per the Hill. "Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!" Trump's latter reference is to some of the major corporations that have spoken up to express their unhappiness with the new Georgia legislation.
Kemp also blasted the move. "Georgians—and all Americans—should fully understand what the MLB's knee-jerk decision means: cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included," he says in his own statement. Others weighing in to express disappointment include Atlanta's home team, the Braves—the team notes in a statement it's "saddened" and that "businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision." GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, meanwhile, says his staff is starting to work up legislation to "remove Major League Baseball's federal antitrust exception." Insider notes that President Biden had previously voiced support for moving the game. Republicans are speaking up in defense of the new Georgia law, claiming it will enhance election integrity, but critics say the law works mainly to restrict voting and that there's no need for it, as there's been no evidence yet offered of widespread voter fraud. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)