The Republican called for a boycott in a statement he issued hours after MLB announced it is pulling the All-Star Game from Atlanta.Bloomberg via Getty Images;AP; G
Former President Trump called Friday night for a boycott of Major League Baseball, Coke and Delta Airlines — and all other companies that have pulled out of Georgia or otherwise protested the state’s controversial new voting reform bill.
The Republican called for a boycott in a statement he issued hours after MLB announced it is pulling the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to the bill, which President Biden has labeled “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”
“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 ID, which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections,” Trump’s statement read.
“Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!”
On Wednesday, Atlanta-based Coca Cola’s CEO appeared on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” to oppose the bill’s voting restrictions, after a growing chorus of critics called for a Coke boycott over the company’s silence following the March 25 passage of the bill.
On the same day, Delta’s CEO called the bill “unacceptable” and “based on a lie,” after the Georgia company was criticized for not speaking out harshly against the measure.
The new GOP-led law includes new restrictions, including ID requirements, on voting by mail and limits the number of drop boxes for mail-in ballots.
It increases legislative control over elections in the state, moves that conservatives said will improve election integrity.
Democrats said the law is full of “voter suppression tactics,” and a response to Georgia turning blue in the 2020 election, a result that Trump falsely claimed was due to fraud.