The 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is coming up next week, now being played at Coors Field in Denver, Colo., and Republicans are taking advantage of the event to take a shot at Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.
The game was pulled out of Atlanta in April after the GOP-led Georgia legislature passed legislation to strengthen voter integrity, which the media misrepresented as an attempt at voter suppression. MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred caved to the cancel culture, stating that Major League Baseball “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
The law tightened rules on absentee voting — a major contributor to the disputed outcome of the 2020 election — shortening the window and requiring a photo ID, but also expanded early voting in the state.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee released an ad this week going after Warnock, who is up for reelection in 2022. The seat is considered a likely flip and is a top priority for the GOP.
“The NRSC is proud to remind voters in GA of the urgent need to replace Warnock next November,” the NRSC said in a tweet sharing the ad. “Watch our latest ad that will run during the @MLB All Star Game and Home Run Derby.”
.@ReverendWarnock refused to condemn the MLB boycott that hurt Georgia families.
The NRSC is proud to remind voters in GA of the urgent need to replace Warnock next November. Watch our latest ad that will run during the @MLB All Star Game and Home Run Derby ⬇️: pic.twitter.com/mME1oPxAlL
— Senate Republicans (@NRSC) July 8, 2021
“Baseball’s mid-summer classic, the All-Star Game, a $100 million boost to Georgia’s economy, until the radical left woke crowd took it all away, forcing the MLB to boycott Georgia,” the ad says. “Even Stacey Abrams opposed the boycott, but Sen. Warnock refused to oppose it.”
The ad cuts to footage of Warnock telling CNN, “I think we all have to use our voices.”
“Senator Warnock’s voice cost Georgia $100 million,” the moderator concludes. “Play ball. Donate today.”
As the ad states, the game was seen as a $100 million boost to the local economy, and while Georgia Democrats like Abrams objected to it being taken away, Warnock was not quite as vocal about the development.
“Sadly, it was their very own Senator who helped run the All-Star Game and $100 million out of Atlanta,” NRSC Chairman Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said in a statement. “Even Stacey Abrams, after initially supporting boycott efforts, changed her tune and vocally opposed a boycott of Atlanta and its small businesses. But Raphael Warnock refused to condemn this boycott that hurt Georgia families.”
Warnock did not actually call for the All-Star Game to be pulled, but the Democrat “tried to take a moderate position between supporting those who were upset about a law that Democrats called voter suppression and not explicitly advocating for action that could hurt his constituents economically,” Fox News reported.
He said in a tweet at the time that “businesses, athletes & entertainers can protest this unjust law not by leaving GA, but by coming here & fighting voter suppression head-on with the community.”
I hope businesses, athletes & entertainers can protest this unjust law not by leaving GA, but by coming here & fighting voter suppression head on with the community. And the urgency to pass federal voter protection laws, which I’m fighting hard for, grows every day. (2/2)
— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@SenatorWarnock) April 2, 2021
Warnock defeated then-incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., in a special election earlier this year. Democrats also won a second Senate seat at the time, with now-Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., defeating Republican David Perdue in the runoff. The sweep gave Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.
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