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Trump is calling for a MLB boycott after the league said it would move its All-Star game out of Georgia. Conservative lawmakers discussed removing the league's antitrust exemption.

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 03 Apr 2021

<p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/603d4e3f87d37600190d07a7-2400/GettyImages-1230706831.jpg" border="0" alt="donald trump melania trump" data-mce-source="Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Former President Donald Trump on Friday called for a boycott of Major League Baseball, following the league's decision to move its All-Star game out of Georgia.&nbsp;</p><p>The league <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/mlb-pulls-2021-all-star-game-from-georgia-voting-law-2021-4" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="40" data-uri="4b84689a9d9f90bd658325798d8bcde9">said</a> on Friday that it would no longer host its 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta after <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/georgia-lawmakers-pass-sweeping-election-administration-bill-2021-3" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="40" data-uri="06d7e7ea54dc7bdf3231174236d4231d">Georgia passed a restrictive voting law</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Bencjacobs/status/1378161934734876675's=20">In a statement</a>, Trump said: "Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections."</p><p>He added: "Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!"</p><p>Coca-Cola and Delta, which both have operations in Georgia, had spoken out against the state's law.</p><p>Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey <a href="https://www.coca-colacompany.com/media-center/georgia-voting-legislation">said</a> the company was "disappointed." Delta CEO Ed Bastian <a href="https://news.delta.com/ed-bastian-memo-your-right-vote">said</a> the Georgia law was "unacceptable and does not match Delta's Values."&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In asking fans to boycott baseball, Trump joined other conservative lawmakers and commentators calling for punitive measures against the league.&nbsp;<img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/60682520856cd700198a308d-2400/Sun Trust Park Major League Baseball Atlanta Georgia.jpg" border="0" alt="Sun Trust Park Major League Baseball Atlanta Georgia" style="color: #000000;" data-mce-source="John Amis/AP Photo" data-mce-caption="Sun Trust Park in Atlanta, Georgia."></p><p>Rep. Jeff Duncan on Friday said he'd instructed his staff to draft legislation to remove a federal antitrust exemption for the league. He said MLB officials had sought to "undermine election integrity laws."&nbsp;</p><p>"Why does @MLB still have antitrust immunity'" Senator Mike Lee <a href="https://twitter.com/SenMikeLee/status/1378116038890377220's=20">said on Twitter</a>. "It's time for the federal government to stop granting special privileges to specific, favored corporationsespecially those that punish their political opponents."</p><p>Senator Ted Cruz shared Lee's statement, <a href="https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1378128079449624580">adding:</a>&nbsp;"EXACTLY right."&nbsp;</p><p>President Joe Biden earlier in the week&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-move-mlb-all-star-game-georgia-new-voting-law-2021-4" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100" data-uri="5d9aba7c6df456e18e3d859b388aae22">had voiced support</a>&nbsp;for moving the game, which was scheduled for July 13. Biden called the new voting law "Jim Crow on steroids."&nbsp;</p><p>"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box," said Rob Manfred, MLB commissioner, in a statement.&nbsp;</p><p>The Atlanta Braves in a statement said it was "deeply disappointed" by the league's decision to relocate.&nbsp;</p><p>"Unfortunately, businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision," the&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Braves/status/1378072546088738818's=20" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100" data-uri="64974baaf0a0a838e983c14222d2109f">team's statement</a>&nbsp;said.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-calls-for-mlb-boycott-moves-all-star-game-atlanta-2021-4#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-parasite-delivered-one-of-the-best-twists-in-cinema-2020-2">What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence</a></p>
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