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RNC chair declares she’s ‘Not watching baseball!!!!” on Opening Day after MLB moves All-Stage Game from Atlanta

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel shared Saturday that she wouldn’t be watching baseball after Major League Baseball pulled the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s controversial new voting law that critics say will disproportionately affect people of color.

“Guess what I am doing today?” McDaniel tweeted. “Not watching baseball!!!!”

McDaniel is among several Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, to boycott or threaten to boycott MLB after the organization’s decision to move the All-Star Game.

“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 I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections,” Trump said in a statement. “Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections.”

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp also criticized MLB’s decision, tweeting that it had “caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies.” Kemp also called the move an example of “cancel culture.”

“Georgians – and all Americans – should fully understand what the MLB’s knee-jerk decision means: cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included. If the left doesn’t agree with you, facts and the truth do not matter,” the Republican governor said in a statement about MLB’s decision. “This attack on our state is the direct result of repeated lies from Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams about a bill that expands access to the ballot box and ensures the integrity of our elections.”

The MLB’s decision to move their July All-State Game from Atlanta came after Kemp signed the controversial voting bill into law last week. The law, which  has been denounced as voter suppression by many Democrats , will place tighter limits on absentee ballots and the use of ballot dropboxes and ban the distribution of food and water for voters waiting in line.

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While the MLB’s decision was largely supported by Democrats, including President Joe Biden who said Wednesday he would “strongly support” moving the game from Georgia, several key Georgia Democrats aren’t pleased with the move.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams shared her disappointment with the MLB decision to relocate the All-Star Game from Atlanta, but also commended the league for speaking out against the recent Georgia voting law in a statement Friday.

“As I have stated, I respect boycotts, although I don’t want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs,” Abrams said in a statement shared on Twitter. “Georgians targeted by voter suppression will be hurt as opportunities go to other states. We should not abandon the victims of GOP malice and lies – we must stand together.”

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