ATLANTA — A fired-up Gov. Brian Kemp continued his defense of the Georgia election reform law on Saturday, and continued to hit at the Major League Baseball’s decision to move the 2021 MLB All-Star Game from Georgia.
The July 2021 event – as well as the MLB Draft – was supposed to happen at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, in July, but the league’s commissioner, Robert Manfred Jr., said the MLB made the decision to move both events from the Cobb County stadium after Kemp signed a controversial election reform bill into law.
Kemp in an earlier statement characterized the decision by the MLB as a capitulation to “cancel culture,” and said the state wouldn’t be “bullied.” During his Saturday remarks, a fiery Kemp, flanked by mostly un-masked backers of the new Georgia election reform law, defended the “Election Integrity Act of 2021” and reiterated the Republican talking point that the legislation makes it “easy to vote and hard to cheat.”
Joined by an equally-fired up Republican Attorney General Chris Carr and US Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA 3rd District), Kemp also repeated his claim that critics of the bill don’t actually understand the law, and that MLB “caved” to criticism when they moved the All-Star Game.
“I will not be backing down from this fight,” the governor said. “MLB, Coca-Cola and Delta may be scared of Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams and the left, but I am not,” he added, referring to the strong stances both companies’ CEOs took in opposition to the law.