Amid the fallout from the highly controversial 2020 election, state legislatures across the country are engaged in efforts to restore faith in the voting processes, and the effort in one southern state has sparked a firestorm of protest that includes corporate CEOs, celebrities, and even the commander in chief.
As Andrea Widburg of the Amerian Thinker writes, by wading into the fight, promulgating outright falsehoods about Georgia’s election integrity law, and voicing support for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) recent decision to pull its All-Star Game from Atlanta, President Joe Biden may have actually helped sound the death knell for America’s pastime.
Late last month, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed into law in his state a GOP-supported bill meant to overhaul voting processes, boost legislative control over election processes, and provide additional identification requirements related to absentee voting. Since then, voices from the left have unrelentingly decried the move as likely to hinder the ability of minorities to exercise their franchise, with the president himself calling the measure “sick” and akin to “Jim Crow in the 21st century,” and MLB blasting the “restrictions to the ballot box” it allegedly contains.
Biden’s ongoing public mischaracterizations of the law’s actual provisions have been so severe that even the Washington Post had no choice but to give him its worst fact-check rating of “Four Pinocchios” over his portrayal, as Fox News noted. Not one to be deterred, however, Biden doubled down during an appearance on ESPN with Sage Steele in which he discussed MLB’s decision to cave to activists and move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, saying:
This is Jim crow on steroids what they’re doing in Georgia…
…this is all about keeping working folks and ordinary folks that I grew up with from being able to vote.
The embarassing hypocrisy of MLB’s self-righteous disdain for Georgia’s voter identification requirements was aptly highlighted by GOP Rep. Nancy Mace (SC), who tweeted information from the league’s own website explaining its own policy of requiring fans to present photo ID in order to collect baseball tickets from Will Call.
Major League Baseball was not the only corporate powerhouse to take aim at Georgia in response to heated boycott calls from left-wing activists, with Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines — two of Georgia’s largest enterprises — labeling the legislation “unacceptable,” as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Widburg argues that because the truth of what is in the Georgia election integrity law seems to serve as no impediment to those in power using it as vehicle through which to tout their woke bona fides, the only recourse Americans have is economic in nature.
Indeed, the best way to send a signal to those who continue to hypocritically impose a leftist worldview on millions of unwilling citizens, she asserts, is to stop purchasing the tickets they sell, the merchandise they hawk, and the content they produce, a sentiment echoed by none other than former President Donald Trump, who this weekend urged Americans to boycott MLB, Coca-Cola, and other “woke companies” who have lined up against Georgia’s new law.
Considering that a recent AP/NORC poll revealed that upwards of 72% of Americans support requiring photo identification in order to vote, the dollar power that could be wielded as a means to curtail this type of overweening corporate virtue signaling is substantial, and it may just be that with his ill-advised race-baiting over Georgia, Biden has inadvertently unleashed it.