President O’Biden has pushed hard for Major League Baseball to boycott the state over the election reforms Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law last month. Trump quickly issued a statement where he called for Americans to boycott these “woke” companies and the “cancel” culture that we have arrived in. Biden then quickly refused to call for the Master Tournament to do the same.
The Biden Administration quickly pulled away from their pro-boycott message after his team and other Democrats were blamed for the MLB deciding to move its 2021 All-Star game and rookie draft out of Atlanta.
“I think that’s up to the Masters,” Biden answered when a reporter asked if Masters should also move away from Georgia like the MLB.
“It is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are,” he added.
Biden went on to explain the economic cost to Georgians when businesses and events decide to leave. When companies decide to move from Georgia, “The people who need the help the most, the people who are making hourly wages sometimes get hurt the most.”
On Friday, MLB commissioner Rob Mandred announced the league’s decision to follow through on the president’s wishes just two days after Biden’s public endorsement of the boycott.
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views,” Manfred said. “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.”
President Biden is asked if he supports moving the Masters out of Georgia:
"That's up to the Masters... It is reassuring to see for profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are." pic.twitter.com/mB8tDRnwFe
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 6, 2021
CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism, Holly Quinlan, explained just how much it cost Georgians for the move. She stated that Georgia’s tourism industry will take at least a $100 million hit in lost business due to the MLB moving its events.
“This event would have directly impacted our county and the state, as visitors spend their dollars on local accommodations, transportation, entertainment and recreation, food and retail throughout the county,” Quinlan said. “This would have been a big boost to Cobb businesses and help with recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.”