The American Conservative Union is looking on Major League Baseball to return the All-Star Game to Atlanta after moving it from Georgia due to the state’s new voting legislation, saying its resolution threatens “the future” of baseball.
The group, led by Matt Schlapp, penned a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred this week after MLB moved the All-Star Game amid scrutiny of Georgia’s new election legislation, which critics say will make it tougher for minorities to vote.
“75M conservatives got left on base when baseball went broke for wokeism,” Schlapp tweeted, sharing a hyperlink to the letter. “We’re demanding that @MLBcorrect the lies about conservative election reform and to return the All-Star Game back to Atlanta.”
In the letter, the ACU mentioned MLB has “played into” the fingers of “radicals.”
“Throughout our nation’s history, there have been some who have sought to end the American experiment in democratic self-government. Whether motivated by socialist, fascist or other illiberal authoritarian impulses, these radicals despise the virtues upon which free people can live in harmony,” the ACU wrote. “And you have played into their hands.”
“Your comments regarding the improvements to the Georgia election law are baseless and contrary to reality. Worse, your misguided comments and actions have harmed the good people of Atlanta, especially the African American community,” the ACU continued, urging MLB to “publicly correct the record on Georgia’s election reform law.”
The ACU went on to say it’s “important” that MLB “not stay silent since you contributed to the deeply flawed and misleading perceptions about the contents of the bill,” claiming the league didn’t learn the precise laws earlier than making its public feedback.
“MLB’s recent public condemnation of a law it did not understand, and the resulting harm to the city of Atlanta, reveal the dangers associated with exercising your authority in an attempt to appease the Left,” the ACU continued.
“Your virtue signaling has robbed the people of Georgia of $100 million, especially impacting minority businesses that benefit from MLB’s presence in Atlanta,” the group wrote. “The appetite of radicals is insatiable, and their ultimate target is the destruction of our nation’s freedoms.”
The ACU added that “the record must be corrected” and urged MLB to “publicly acknowledge the mistaken assumptions and brazen mistruths propagated by your organization against Georgia’s election reform law.”
“We ask that you meet with us to discuss this matter,” the ACU wrote. “To continue pushing unpopular policies that harm future elections will only threaten the very future of Major League Baseball.”
MLB moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta to Denver after Georgia enacted sweeping election reform final month.
Manfred made the announcement simply at some point after the 2021 season started, following mounting strain from critics of the laws to transfer the sport in addition to the MLB’s newbie draft.
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and the Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views,” Manfred mentioned earlier this month. “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.”
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” he continued. “Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”
President Biden, earlier this month, mentioned in an interview with ESPN that he would “strongly support” the July 13 All-Star Game being relocated in response to the legislation that he known as “Jim Crow on steroids.”
The new legislation requires voter ID for absentee voting reasonably than counting on signature matching for verification, restricted poll drop containers to one per county or one per 100,000 voters, expanded early voting days, and standardized early voting hours to a minimal of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a most of seven a.m. to 7 p.m. The laws barred outdoors teams from passing out meals and water to these in line inside 150 toes.
The legislation additionally handed extra election authority to the GOP-controlled state legislature. It states that the General Assembly is to choose the chair of the state elections board, reasonably than the board being chaired by the Georgia secretary of state. It additionally shortens runoffs from 9 weeks to 4.
The state election board may also now examine county election boards and has the facility to droop county election superintendents — although the board can solely droop 4 at a time.
The legislation was enacted after a Democratic sweep within the Peach State, which then-President Trump misplaced to Biden by simply over 11,000 votes. Trump alleged mass election fraud within the state and sparred with GOP Gov. Brian Kemp and Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s dealing with of elections. Nine weeks after the November election, Republican incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler misplaced to Democrats John Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.