Rand Paul dropped the hammer and said the GOP needs to teach ‘woke’ companies a lesson and is calling for a round of boycotts.
“They started it. Major League Baseball wants to boycott the whole state of Georgia, including Atlanta. They’ve already gotten rid of the All-Star Game and the draft, and they’re doing it because they don’t like a Republican law — a law that actually expands voting; it doesn’t contract voting,” Paul started.
“Georgia now has more early voting than New York has. It’s kind of ridiculous; even the facts don’t meet what they’re trying to do. But my point is, yeah, they want to boycott us, why don’t we boycott them. This is the only thing that will teach them a lesson,” Paul said.
“If Coca-Cola wants to only operate in Democrat states and wants only Democrats to drink Coca-Cola, God love ’em.
“We’ll see how well they do when half of the country is drinking Coca-Cola, when half of the country quits using Delta.
“So the thing is, they’re all woke but they’re really doing something against the financial interest of every business.
“Publicly-traded businesses usually don’t get involved with politics because it hurts their bottom line to make half the country unhappy.
“But the whole thing about this, I can’t imagine, they’re boycotting the Georgia state law and yet they do business with China.
“China’s never seen a free election.
“China’s now putting people in jail for over a year at a time, for speech violations.
“And yet they do business with China, but Georgia expanded their voting, they added early voting, more early voting than Delaware or New York, and yet they’re punishing Georgia because they think it’s somehow some sort of Jim Crow.
“These people holding up Jim Crow signs need to remember it was the Democrats who instituted Jim Crow across the South; it’s the legacy of the Democrat Party, and what Republicans have done in Georgia is expand voting access, if you read the bill.
“I think facts do matter.
“And I think this is why there needs to be a broad range of news outlets, so they’re not just one set of news outlets that are shaping the news to one opinion.
“And I think we still do have a broad range, people are going to be able to figure this out. There’s no way they sweep this under the rug.”
Ted Cruz said wants to take legislative action against the MLB. he said earlier “@SenMikeLee & I will be working hard to END MLB’s antitrust immunity.
Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement that started the controversy.
“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. 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.
“In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States.
“We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.
“We will continue with our plans to celebrate the memory of Hank Aaron during this season’s All-Star festivities.
“In addition, MLB’s planned investments to support local communities in Atlanta as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects will move forward.
“We are finalizing a new host city and details about these events will be announced shortly,” he added.