In SummaryGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp used the Atlanta Braves NLCS win as an opportunity to criticize Major League Baseball and Former Member of the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams
If you visit any youth baseball game across the country, you are bound to hear a variation of the chant: “Hey batter, batter… swing!”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was the first up to bat. He used his chance at the plate to speak about the Atlanta Braves advancing to the World Series to verbally swing at former Member of the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams and the MLB.
“While Stacey Abrams and the MLB stole the All-Star Game from hardworking Georgians, the Braves earned their trip to the World Series this season and are bringing it home to Georgia,” Kemp wrote on Twitter.
Kemp’s criticism stemmed from a response to a Georgia law signed in March, which restricts voting access for people of color. The law led to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to move the All-Star game from Georgia to Denver.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” Manfred said in a statement. “In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States.”
Kemp called the move a “kneejerk reaction” to a bill he signed, making ballot drop boxes an official part of Georgia elections and replacing signature matches on absentee ballots with a voter ID. Critics believe the new bill is another form of voter suppression.
The bill also forbids volunteers from distributing food and water to voters standing in line.
“As Braves fans across the country were celebrating, Brian Kemp swung and missed again with his bizarre deflection of blame for the harm to Georgians resulting from a bill that he signed.” said Seth Bringman, spokesman for Abrams.