Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp blasted Major League Baseball (MLB) and corporations saying they were bowing to pressure from Democrats over its controversial voting law.
Kemp, who initially dismissed the backlash surrounding the bill’s passing, is now attacking the MLB after it announced it’s pulling its All-Star Game and upcoming Draft out of the Peach State as well as Delta Air Lines for condemning the bill.
“Major League Baseball caved to the fears and lies of liberal activists,” Kemp said Saturday according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They ignored the facts of our new election integrity law and they ignored the consequences of their decision on our local community.”
President Biden endorsed the league’s decision to move the game. The MLB decision came eight days after Kemp signed the bill into law. The changes in the bill were strongly condemned by Democrats and voting rights activists including Stacey Abrams, who said she was disappointed by the league’s decision but commended its decision to address the matter.
“Like many Georgians, I am disappointed that the MLB is relocating the All-Star game; however, I commend the players, owners and the League commissioner for speaking out,” Abrams said according to The Hill.
The bill limits drop boxes, restricts absentee voting, and makes it illegal to provide food and water to voters waiting in line. The law has been labeled by some as the most restrictive voting laws since the Jim Crow era.
There are currently more than 100 similar bills in 47 states that have been drafted and introduced in various states across the country. This means the situation in Georgia will likely play out in other states throughout the Biden administration.
For Gov. Kemp, this represents a stark contrast from his attitudes and words after former President Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection. After Trump lost, he repeatedly attacked the state for helping Biden win. At the time, Kemp pushed back on the accusations saying he ordered the audits of the state’s election results, which all had Biden winning.
As I told the President this morning, I’ve publicly called for a signature audit three times (11/20, 11/24, 12/3) to restore confidence in our election process and to ensure that only legal votes are counted in Georgia. #gapol https://t.co/xdXrhf1vI2
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) December 5, 2020
“As I told the President this morning, I’ve publicly called for a signature audit three times (11/20, 11/24, 12/3) to restore confidence in our election process and to ensure that only legal votes are counted in Georgia. #gapol,” Kemp tweeted at the time.