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While going “woke” doesn’t necessarily mean going entirely broke, it appears it absolutely means jettisoning potentially millions of Republican customers.
Major League Baseball would know …
The league’s favorability among Republicans has fallen from a high of 47 percent in mid-March to a stunning low of only 12 percent in mid-April, according to a Morning Consult poll published Tuesday.
That’s a tremendous decline — one that could potentially cost the MLB billions with a capital B.
And this is just the beginning of the league’s troubles.
Gee, what could have caused it? https://t.co/RjTFDl0cZQ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 16, 2021
About a week ago, the editorial board of 175-year-old Boston Herald, one of the oldest newspapers in America and the winner of eight Pulitzer Prizes, published an op-ed calling for congressional Republicans to strip the league of its anti-trust exemption.
Why? Because of its decision to involve itself in politics by relocating its All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, to Denver, Colorado, in protest of an election reform bill signed into law by the state’s Republican governor.
“The MLB chose to politicize baseball by aligning its placement of the All-Star Game with the Democratic agenda. The move will cost its former host state about $100 million — money the state sorely needs as it struggles to recover from the revenue-gutting hit of the coronavirus pandemic,” the board wrote.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 7, 2021
What made the league’s decision particularly appalling to critics was that it was rooted in the Democrat Party-crafted lie that the election reform bill signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was racist.
The lie was based on the equally false claim touted by Democrats that the bill makes it significantly harder for minorities to vote.
This claim is easily debunked by the fact that “the states they [Democrat] control in the Northeast make casting a ballot more difficult than anywhere else,” as reported Thursday by The Atlantic.
“Connecticut has no early voting at all, and New York’s onerous rules force voters to change their registration months in advance if they want to participate in a party primary. In Rhode Island, Democrats enacted a decade ago the kind of photo-ID law that the party has labeled ‘racist’ when drafted by Republicans; the state also requires voters to get the signatures of not one but two witnesses when casting an absentee ballot (only Alabama and North Carolina are similarly strict),” the outlet noted.
“According to a new analysis released this week by the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation and Research, Delaware, Connecticut, and New York rank in the bottom third of states in their access to early and mail-in balloting,” it added.
Yet the MLB isn’t boycotting any of the myriad of Democrat-led states that boast far stricter election laws than those just implemented in Georgia.
This double standard and hypocrisy has not sat well with Republicans, including those in Congress, who on Wednesday introduced a bill that would eliminate the MLB’s exemption.
(Video: Sen. Mike Lee/YouTube)
“If Major League Baseball is going to act dishonestly and spread lies about Georgia’s voting rights bill to favor one party against the other, they shouldn’t expect to continue to receive special benefits from Congress,” Sen. Ted Cruz said in a statement afterward.
“A corporation that happily does business with the communist regimes in Cuba and China but caves to woke CEOs who want to punish states with Voter ID does not deserve any special immunities in antitrust law,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn added.
Sen. Marco Rubio, another supporter of this legislation, noted that the MLB “has enjoyed” its exemption thanks to “its perception as a good-faith guardian of America’s national pastime.”
But that perception is no more.
“[W]ith its reprehensible decision to play politics and punish the State of Georgia – and countless small and minority-owned Georgian businesses – by moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, the MLB has shown its willingness to use its market power, derived from its antitrust exemption, irresponsibly. Now, Congress is obligated to revisit this unique treatment,” he said.
Small business owners in Georgia, including black ones, appear to feel the same way about the MLB sticking it to their state.
“As the owner of a transportation service in Atlanta, I know firsthand how badly our community wanted the All-Star Game played here,” Darrell Anderson, a black business man, told the Washington Free Beacon this week.
“The $100 million in revenue to this area was going to be the opportunity for all of us to recover some of the losses that we incurred during the pandemic. Now, not only is that revenue gone, we may lose even more because conventions that were planned for Atlanta are now up in the air, thanks to this decision by the MLB.'” he added.
A decision that was ostensibly designed to stand up for minorities, but that increasingly appears to be nothing more than a failed virtue-signaling stunt.
Your public reputation is a dumpster fire @MLB_PR. I hope your hypocritical, cowardly, short-sighted, baseless and damaging virtue-signaling was really worth it.
The MLB moved its all-star game to a state (CO) that has fewer Early Voting days than Georgia and Voter ID.
Ladies & Gentleman, the vapid value of virtue signaling of woke cultists! pic.twitter.com/hnIC3SOe3t
— Greg McNeilly (@gregmcneilly) April 6, 2021
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