Poll: Plurality of Black Voters Say MLB’s Decision to Pull All-Star Game from Atlanta Is ‘Bad’

A majority of Democrats agree with Major League Baseball’s (MLB) political decision to pull the All-Star game and Draft from Atlanta over the state’s recent election law, but a plurality of black voters consider it a bad decision, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday showed.

The survey, taken April 7-8, among 1,000 likely U.S. voters, asked respondents if they believed it was a “good idea or a bad idea” for the MLB to move the All-Star game and Draft to Denver following the passage of the Peach State’s election law, which, despite popular belief, expands voting in some areas.

While a plurality of respondents across the board, 44 percent, said it was a bad idea, 40 percent said it was a good idea, and 16 percent said they remain unsure. A majority of Democrats, however, 60 percent, said the decision was a good idea compared to 62 percent of Republicans who said the opposite. Fifty-one percent of those unaffiliated with either major political party deemed the MLB’s decision “bad.”

A plurality of black voters, whom Democrats claim will be negatively impacted by Georgia’s election integrity measure, also believe the decision was “bad” (45 percent), while 40 percent said it was good — a gap outside of the survey’s +/-3 percent margin of error.

The survey also asked, “In general, is it a good idea or a bad idea for athletes and sports teams to get involved in political controversies?”

Fifty-seven percent across the board said it is a “bad” idea, a sentiment held by both Republicans (77 percent) and those unaffiliated with either major political party (62 percent). Fifty-six percent of Democrats believe it is a good idea for athletes and sports teams to insert themselves in political controversies.

Other surveys show a majority of voters, including black and Latino voters, supporting basic election integrity measures, including requiring a form of identification.

MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred claimed they made the decision to pull the All-Star game and Draft from Atlanta “after discussions with the MLB Players Association and its Players Alliance.”

As GOP proponents have pointed out, Georgia’s election integrity law actually expands early voting by way of increasing the mandatory days of early weekend voting, reforms voter ID requirements, and addresses concerns related to ballot drop boxes.

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Biden’s ‘Jim Crow’ Label For Georgia Election Laws Is Insane. Here’s Why

In his first press conference in March, President Joe Biden claimed Republicans seeking to ensure election integrity in Georgia and other states “makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle,” insinuating the GOP is worse than segregationists. The president has continued to parrot this illegitimate sentiment, claiming the newly passed Georgia election bill mandating voter ID for absentee ballots, among other things that should be uncontroversial, is “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” Speaking on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” Biden said the measure was “Jim Crow on steroids.”

“This is Jim Crow on steroids what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states. What is this all about? Imagine passing a law saying you cannot provide water or food for someone standing in line to vote,” Biden said. “Can’t do that? Come on. Or you’re going to close a polling place at 5:00 when working people just get off.”

Biden makes two false claims here. First, food and water are not prohibited at the polling place. The statute says, “This Code section shall not be construed to prohibit a poll officer from distributing … or from making available self-service water from an unattended receptacle to an elector waiting in line to vote.” The provision applies to solicitors, advertisers, and strangers handing out gifts. Additionally, people are more than welcome to bring their own food and water.

Biden’s second lie is that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s signed measure forces all polls to close at 5:00 p.m. This is also false since choice hours can expand voting from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The bill also expands weekend voting, which the left-leaning Georgia Public Broadcasting acknowledged, saying, “One of the biggest changes in the bill would expand early voting access for most counties, adding an additional mandatory Saturday and formally codifying Sunday voting hours as optional.” The legislation itself states:

Requiring two Saturday voting days and two optional Sunday voting days will dramatically increase the total voting hours for voters across the State of Georgia, and all electors in Georgia will have access to multiple opportunities to vote in person on the weekend for the first time.

The president continues to float “Jim Crow” around, dangling it before seething and corrupt media, but the comparison doesn’t stand.

Segregation and Separation in Schools

The “separate but equal” doctrine, confirmed by the case Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, upheld discrimination in facilities. Schools down south were still segregated, and white schools received more funding. The landmark decision passed 7 to 1, and the doctrine was reaffirmed again in 1927 in Lum v. Rice, which said Chinese students being excluded from schools did not violate the 14th Amendment. Jim Crow moved northward, as equality under the law in education was cast aside until the 1954 landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education, and thereafter as the government shifted course, such as in the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Today, schools are not segregated — far and away the opposite. According to statistics compiled by an education website, the average amount of minority students in a private school stands at 27 percent. In Hawaii, the average is 72 percent, followed by New Mexico at 52 percent, District of Columbia at 46 percent, and California at 45 percent.

Is Biden really claiming voter-law improvements are the same as black people not having access to schools?

Interracial Marriage

States outlawed interracial marriage long before Jim Crow. The first legislation on this dates back to 1788, when the commonwealth of Pennsylvania banned it (Maryland and other states had banned interracial marriage before 1776). This was followed by Massachusetts in 1843, Missouri in 1871, Alabama in 1883, Georgia in 1912, and so on. More than 30 states maintained laws banning interracial marriage, which Loving v. Virginia in 1967 ruled violated the 14th Amendment. Now you may marry who you wish, and same-sex marriage was upheld on a federal level in the 2015 case Obergefell v. Hodges.

Is Biden equating gross bans on interracial marriages with Georgia’s common-sense voting law?

Public Transportation

For 13 months, civil rights leaders participated in a boycott that would pave the way for the 1956 decision in Browder v. Gayle that struck down segregation laws on public buses. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was in response to Rosa Parks being arrested and fined for famously refusing to give up her seat on a bus. Prior to the Browder ruling, blacks were routinely kicked off public transportation, with writer Ida B. Wells in 1884 notably being told by a conductor to change seats, prior to being removed by a group of men. Wells won a lawsuit and $500, but the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company appealed the case in the Tennesee Supreme Court, and the decision was reversed.

Today, you can ride in a car with whomever, in addition to board any bus, train, or plane regardless of your skin color.

Is Biden really saying Georgia’s reasonable election laws are the same as racist public transportation policies?

Voting

In the 1830s, you had to be a white male in order to vote. Poll taxes beginning in the 1890s were a way for whites to take advantage of the blacks who were disenfranchised and poorer, with fewer opportunities. A “grandfather clause” allowed poorer whites to avoid the poll tax if an ancestor fought in the Civil War.

The 24th Amendment prohibited poll taxes in 1964 for federal elections, and the Supreme Court ruled five states’ efforts to continue the process leading up to 1966 unconstitutional in Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections. According to James Cobb, a history professor at the University of Georgia and a former president of the Southern Historical Association, black voter registration increased by more than 70 percent upon the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

An Offensive Comparison

The bad-faith comparisons Biden is making are so perverse. Apparently, weekend voting, asking people to provide a driver’s license on an absentee ballot, and attempting to secure drop boxes are all “Jim Crow.” Not only is the president misleading the American people when he says this, but he is disrespecting black Americans whose ancestors endured legitimate discrimination at the hands of actual oppressive laws.

“President Biden is very adept at race-baiting. He and all of his cohorts and colleagues are,” Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., said on Fox News on Wednesday. “If you throw skin color into a discussion and you step on the emotions of people who have fought to be considered equal in the United States, then you’re going to immediately get support and confusion for that position.”

Let’s remember who our president is. This is the same guy who said, “You ain’t black” if you weren’t going to vote for him. Biden may continue to preach that it’s “a time to heal,” but healing can’t include falsely maligning the opposing political party as racist segregationists.

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Georgia Elections Official Sterling: Media That ‘Criticized and Examined’ Every Trump Claim, Accepts Claims by Biden, Abrams ‘At Face Value’

During an interview with the “Fox News Rundown” podcast released on Thursday, Gabriel Sterling, the Chief Operating Officer for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office criticized many in the mainstream media, “who criticized and examined every claim of President Trump, takes similar claims from this president and Stacey Abrams and accepts it at face value.”

Sterling said, “[N]obody’s actually read the 98-page bill. They’re looking at the press releases from either side and accepting what they’re saying like it’s being spooned to a baby. They all just accept what they’re saying without any critical thought. What I find interesting is a lot of the mainstream media, who criticized and examined every claim of President Trump, takes similar claims from this president and Stacey Abrams and accepts it at face value. And that’s not fair and it’s wrong and it’s a disservice to the American people and the people of Georgia.”

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Manchin: Parts of GA Law ‘Atrocious,’ But There Shouldn’t Be Federal Overreach Into Elections and ‘I’m Not Killing the Filibuster’

During an interview with CNN on Thursday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) stated that he won’t eliminate the filibuster, and while he thinks Georgia has some provisions in their election law that he strongly dislikes and supports certain “guardrails” on elections, “I don’t think there should be an overreaching” by the federal government.

Manchin said, “I’m not killing the filibuster. I’ve been very, very clear. … We should have an open, fair, and secure election. If we have to put guardrails on, we can put guardrails on so people can’t take advantage of people.”

He also stated, “We want fair, open, secured elections. And what — Georgia has done some things which I thought were just atrocious, okay? But [I’ve] also been a secretary of state and I’ve been a governor, and I know the 10th Amendment. I know my rights as far as states’ rights, and I don’t think there should be an overreaching, if you will, federal elections.”

Manchin said one specific problem he has with Georgia’s law is that “they took away the powers of the secretary of state’s office and put it in the hands of…their legislature.”

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Hillary Clinton Issues Ultimatum: Preserve the Filibuster or Minority Voting Rights: ‘We Can’t Do Both’

Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton issued an ultimatum Thursday, contending Congress must choose between preserving the filibuster or protecting voting rights for minorities. But doing both, she suggested, is an impossibility.

“We can preserve the filibuster, or we can preserve the voting rights of people of color. But we can’t do both,” Clinton said, providing a CNN graphic of the United States which identified bills “aiming to curb voting rights introduced in almost every state”:

Clinton’s remark follows a wave of leftist rage stemming from Georgia’s recently signed election integrity law, which, despite popular belief, expands voting in some areas:

Members of the radical left quickly dismissed the legislation as suppressive, prompting Major League Baseball’s (MLB) decision to pull its All-Star Game and draft from Atlanta, a city with a sizeable minority population.

According to Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino, Commissioner Rob Manfred opted to pull the events from the state after speaking with failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a point of interest given Abrams’ aversion to the early boycotts of the Peach State:

Notably, the MLB moved the events to Colorado, which has fewer early voting days than Georgia, as well as ID requirements. Nevertheless, Democrats have continued to falsely describe the Peach State law as suppressive, even though poll after poll shows a majority of likely voters, including black and Latino voters, support basic election integrity measures such as voter ID.

All the while, Democrats have continued to push for the end of the filibuster as a means to advance their radical agenda items.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki went as far as describing the filibuster as “allowing for systematic racism in the country,” even though President Biden defended the filibuster in 2005.

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Coca-Cola Gets ‘Woke’, Then Put Right Back to Sleep

coca-cola georgia boycott

Republican lawmakers in Georgia have asked Coca-Cola to remove its products from the statehouse after its CEO attacked Georgia’s recently passed election integrity bill.

Coca-Cola and other big companies getting involved in politics

“Coca-Cola Company has been one of Georgia’s most successful companies,” started the letter. “We, as members, have enjoyed partnering with Coke to make Georgia the #1 State in which to do business and our relationship has been built on respect, transparency, and honesty.”

“Unfortunately, upon the passage of the ‘Election Integrity Act of 2021’, your company has made the conscious decision to perpetrate a national dialogue which seeks to intentionally mislead the citizens of Georgia and deepen a divide in our great State,” continued the letter.

“We have the responsibility to all of Georgia to not engage in those misguided intentions nor continue to support corporations who choose it. SB 202 expands early voting opportunities, provides for a pathway to ensure shorter voting lines, secures the use of drop boxes which otherwise would be illegal, as well as several other provisions allowing all Georgians greater access to fast, secure and transparent elections.”

Major corporations run by radical lefties

“Given Coke’s choice to cave to the pressure of an out of control cancel culture, we respectfully request all Coca-Cola Company products be removed from our office suite immediately,” said the letter. “Should Coke choose to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship.”

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey called the bill “unacceptable” and “a step backwards.”

“Let me be crystal clear and unequivocal, this legislation is unacceptable, it is a step backward and it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia, around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity, and this is frankly just a step backwards,” said Quincey.

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Instacart Attacked Georgia’s Voter ID Law But Requires Its Own Shoppers To Provide ID

Two hundred companies signed off on a letter last week to condemn the new Georgia election bill, which notably requires identification for voter absentee ballots. Among the signees was the founder and CEO of food-delivery service Instacart, Apoorva Mehta.

“We believe every American should have a voice in our democracy and that voting should be safe and accessible to all voters,” the statement said. “There are hundreds of bills threatening to make voting more difficult in dozens of states nationwide. We call on elected leaders in every state capitol and in Congress to work across the aisle and ensure that every eligible American has the freedom to easily cast their ballot and participate fully in our democracy.”

While Instacart joined the group of virtue-signaling executives, the company neglects that it mandates all shoppers who deliver groceries to demonstrate photo and facial identification to participate in the gig economy.

According to the company’s website, “the first thing you’ll need to have on-hand” to become an Instacart shopper is “the details of your driver’s license.” Furthermore, applicants must provide their social security number information to get to the next step of inputting their bank information. Additionally, a shopper must undergo a background check that will take up to 10 business days to be cleared to be a contractor. Even after providing this information, a shopper must center their face on the application and be confirmed to shop on a daily or weekly basis.

Nevertheless, Instacart has seemingly taken issue with a bill that both mandates voter ID for absentee ballots and institutes an 11-day deadline for requesting an absentee before election day. Instacart has placed itself on the side that prefers an “election season,” which Democrats have sought.

The hypocrisy here is only worsened by the fact that the company wishes to make shoppers wait up to 10 days to begin working, while implying in its condemnation of the bill that 11 days is far too short for a contractor to have to request an absentee ballot. Why should there be any window, any background check, or any mandate for its employees to prove ID if Instacart takes issue with a bill to do exactly what it is doing (for something far less consequential)?

In truth, one should need to demonstrate ID to both work at Instacart and vote in an election, but these companies are too beholden to left-wing activists, and thus have lost any shred of credibility to comment on the issues of the day.

Instacart did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Federalist.

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Poll: Woke Corporatism By MLB And Big Business Is Ostracizing Consumers

At least 64 percent of Americans are “less likely to support” big businesses such as Major League Baseball that take a public stand on political issues like the new Georgia election reforms law, a new poll from The Daily Wire found.

In the interview survey of 1,026 Americans, the number rises to 70 percent when respondents were asked if they agree that “corporations and sports teams should generally stay out of politics.”

These revelations come as multiple corporations including MLB, Coca-Cola, and Delta Air Lines released statements condemning the new law and threatened to boycott the state if changes were not made.

Following the MLB’s decision to relocate the All-Star Game to Colorado in protest of Georgia’s new election law, 79 percent of respondents who already viewed the MLB unfavorably view the organization less favorably. Of these respondents, 43 percent were Republican, 19 percent were Democrat, and 30 percent were independent. Those who say the MLB is unfavorable also contributed to the 44 percent of respondents who said they had a negative overall view of the league after the relocation decision.

“The poll also indicates that voters are wary of hyperbolic characterizations of the legislation with 58 percent — including a majority of non-white Americans and nearly half of MLB fans — saying ‘politicians and some in the media are exaggerating and making the new Georgia law sound worse than it actually is,’” the survey analysis suggested.

While MLB’s unfavorability appears to be climbing following Commissioner Robert Manfred’s decision, forty-two percent of the respondents said they support Georgia’s new law. An even higher number of MLB fans, 54 percent, say they agree with the election reform provisions outlined in the bill.

Using paraphrases from corporate media’s description of the Georgia law, the Daily Wire found that most Americans including minorities, Democrats, and MLB fans support many of the bill’s main provisions. While Seventy-eight percent of Americans appear to support requiring voter ID, 63 percent agree with limits on interactions with voters while they wait in line to vote, 65 percent back rules and restrictions for absentee ballot request forms, and 67 percent believe ballot drop boxes should be regulated and monitored.

The survey also found that 76 percent of respondents believe campaign workers and other organizations “should leave voters alone while they are waiting in line to vote.”

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Pollak: In ‘Jim Crow’ Charge, Joe Biden Breaks ‘Healing’ Promise to Georgia Voters

President Joe Biden reiterated his claim Tuesday that Georgia and other states that are passing laws to discourage voter fraud are enacting “new Jim Crow laws” that “are just antithetical to who we are.”

In pursuing that outrageous, inflammatory claim — hearkening to the worst days of racial segregation — Joe Biden is betraying his promise on the 2020 campaign trail, and in his Inaugural Address, to heal a divided nation and to unite Americans in a common cause.

There is no basis whatsoever for the “Jim Crow” claim. The vast majority of Americans — including 73% of black Americans in a poll this week — favor the use of photo identification in voting.

Biden and the Democrats claim that the push for new laws is based on the “lie” that the 2020 election was stolen. But even if the 2020 result was entirely accurate, it lacked credibility to many Americans. The use of widespread vote-by-mail in many states that had never used it before, for example, created confusion on Election Night.

The fiasco with Major League Baseball proves the point.

Last week, Biden encouraged the league to move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta over the Georgia law, which actually expands voting in many ways. The league moved it to Denver, Colorado, a “whiter” city in a state where some voting laws are more restrictive than in Georgia.

The White House tried to claim that the president had not “dictated” the move, even as it tried to defend the league’s decision, and as Biden continued to cite “Jim Crow.”

The people hurt most directly by the loss of the All-Star Game are the residents of Atlanta, a majority-black city — one that was crucial to Biden’s election victory and to Democratic control of the Senate.

There is no better example of how Democrats have hurt black Americans while exploiting black voters and false claims of racism for political purposes.

Moreover, Biden’s stance is a direct betrayal of the promise he made to Georgia voters in the 2020 election.

Last October, while campaigning in Georgia, Biden devoted an entire speech to the idea of healing.

“I want to talk about how we’re going to heal our nation,” he told voters in Warm Springs. “I know this country, I know our people, and I know we can unite and heal this nation. Warm Springs is a good place to talk about hope and healing.”

America needed “a President who doesn’t divide us, but unites us,” he said. “A President who appeals not to the worst in us, but to the best. A President who cares less about his TV ratings and more about the American people. A President who looks not to settle scores, but to find solutions.”

Biden then warned: “Time and again, throughout our history, we’ve seen charlatans, the con men, the phony populists, who sought to play on our fears, appeal to our worst appetites, and pick at the oldest scabs we have for their own political gain.”

He invoked the Pope, and the Bible:

Pope Francis asked questions that anyone who seeks to lead this great nation should be able to answer. And my answer is this: I run to unite this nation and to heal this nation. I’ve said that from the beginning. It is badly necessary. The Bible tells us there’s a time to break down, and a time to build up, a time to heal. This is that time. God and history have called us to this moment, and to this mission. … And if we do so, we’ll once more become one nation under God, indivisible, a nation united, a nation strengthened, a nation healed. That is my goal. That is why I’m running. That is what we must do.

Later, in November, when the news networks declared that he had won the election, Biden declared: “This is the time to heal in America.” In his Inaugural Address, Biden spoke of “unity, not division,” and gave his “sacred oath” that he would write an “American story” of “love and of healing.”

In his abuse of “Jim Crow” to inflame the debate around voting, President Joe Biden is violating that oath, and breaking his explicit promises to voters in Georgia and beyond.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Biden: Georgia needs to ‘smarten up’ to avoid losing business

President Joe Biden praised businesses for opposing new voting laws while telling Georgia and other states to “smarten up.”

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Biden said “it’s reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws that are just antithetical to who we are.”

“There’s another side to it too. When they in fact move out of Georgia, people who need help most, people who are making hourly wages, sometimes get hurt the most,” he continued.

Biden then went on to say that he supports and respects businesses’ decisions to protest the new voting legislation.

“I think it’s a very tough decision for a corporation to make or group to make, I respect them when they make that judgment, I support whatever judgment they make. The best way to deal with this is for Georgia and other states to smarten up. Stop it, stop it,” he said.

Biden said last week that he would “strongly support” moving the MLB All-Star Game out of Georgia to protest the new voting laws, joining other corporations condemning the new laws such as Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola.

Less than two days later, the MLB announced it would relocate the game, citing Georgia’s “restrictions to the ballot box.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) told reporters Tuesday that he does not support corporations taking sides on “incendiary issues” such as the new Georgia legislation.

“I’m not talking about political contributions,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky. “Most of them contribute to both sides. They have political action committees. That’s fine. It’s legal. It’s appropriate. I support that. I’m talking about taking a position on a highly incendiary issue like this and punishing a community or state because you don’t like a particular law they passed. I just think it’s stupid. … What I’m saying here is I think this is quite stupid.”

McConnell continued, arguing that companies will lose business by choosing sides.

“Republicans drink Coca-Cola, too, and we fly, and we like baseball,” he said. “It’s irritating one hell of a lot of Republican fans.”

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