Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is now at the center of controversy that expands far beyond the borders of his own state, and threatens to throw some of America’s most respected brands into upheaval.
Kemp recently signed into law an unpopular voter reform bill that many have said makes it harder for people in the Peach State to cast their ballots. Given that Georgia’s electoral votes went for a Democrat for the first time since the 1990’s in this last election has given many the impression that Kemp is looking to disenfranchise left-leaning voters for the next go-round, and this has brought a massive backlash to the governor’s doorstep.
Major League Baseball has even gone so far as to move the 2021 All Star Game out of Smyrna, Georgia, where the Atlanta Braves’ stadium is.
Now, the Governor of Texas is taking a shot at the MLB in defense of Kemp.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has declined to throw the first pitch at the Texas Ranger’s home opener and declined to participate in any Major League Baseball (MLB) events after the league announced plans to relocate their All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s newly passed election integrity law.
“Major League Baseball adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia, and, based on that false narrative, moved the MLB All-Star game from Atlanta,” Abbott said in a statement.
“It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics but also perpetuating false political narratives.” Adding, “This decision does not diminish the deep respect I have for the Texas Rangers baseball organization, which is outstanding from top to bottom.”
The news comes after members of the Georgia GOP demanded that their headquarters no longer serves Coca-Cola products on account of that company’s remarks regarding Governor Kemp’s decision to sign the law.
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