Former American President Barack Obama (2009-2017) supported this Saturday the decision of the Major Leagues to withdraw Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, the organization of the 91st edition of the All-Star Game and this year’s draft after the recent approval of a law that limits the right to vote.
“Congratulations to @MLB for taking a stand on behalf of the rights of all citizens to vote”, The ex-governor wrote in his Twitter account.
“There is no better way, he continued, for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example.”.
He thus referred to Henry Louis Aaron, the legendary African-American baseball player born in Alabama who for 20 years wore the number 44 on his jersey and is considered one of the best in the sport.
The Mid-Season Classic had been scheduled for July 13 at Truist Field in Atlanta, but the outlook changed when the new electoral law was passed in the state of Georgia.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that are looking for a new venue and ruled out in advance moving the traditional event to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, where the 2022 All-Star Game is scheduled to be played.
The decision was rejected by the managers of the Atlanta Braves.
The governor of Georgia, Republican Brian Kemp, signed on March 25 a state law with a reform, promoted by the conservatives, that limits the right to vote by adding new requirements to be able to vote if you want to vote by mail, between other provisions.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, voting by mail was essential in last November’s general election, in which US President Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win in 28 years in that southern state. .
Biden claimed a day later that the new law is “the Jim Crow of the 21st century,” referring to the norms that institutionalized racial segregation in the US in the late 19th century.
In that sense, he warned that the Georgia reform will hurt African-American voters above all.
Former governor Donal Trump (2017-2021) called on Friday to boycott baseball and the companies that “are interfering with free and fair elections.”
“Baseball is already losing a lot of fans, and now they are leaving Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they fear radical left-wing Democrats who don’t want desperately needed voter identification to have anything to do with it. our elections, “Trump alleged in a statement.