Like a crime family boss shaking down a business, on Tuesday Joe Biden held out the possibility of more rough stuff against professional baseball if they don’t give in to left wing pressure. The White House tried to walk back the threats. But the message was already heard loud and clear.
Very special that the WH is suddenly trying to pretend Biden wasn’t instrumental in the MLB/Georgia boycott decision. All he did was call the state’s law worse than Jim Crow, lie about it repeatedly & endorse the boycott national TV, the day before the announcement came down.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) April 7, 2021
FNC: “President Biden said that Georgia needs to ‘smarten up’ to avoid businesses leaving the state over its new voting legislation…Georgia enacted sweeping election reform last week that required voter ID for absentee voting rather than relying on signature matching for verification, limited ballot drop boxes to one per county or one per 100,000 voters, expanded early voting days, and standardized early voting hours to a minimum of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a maximum of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The legislation barred outside groups from passing out food and water to those in line within 150 feet.
“The law also handed more election authority to the GOP-controlled state legislature. It states that the General Assembly is to select the chair of the state elections board, rather than the board being chaired by the Georgia secretary of state. It also shortens run-offs from nine weeks to four. Last month, Biden said the new voting law in Georgia would end voting at 5 p.m., making it difficult for people working. The Washington Post, however, gave that claim ‘four Pinocchios,’ because that section of the law gives counties the option to extend voting hours.”
“It is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws that are just antithetical to who we are,” Biden said. “There’s another side to it too. When they in fact move out of Georgia, people who need help most, people who are making hourly wages, sometimes get hurt the most. I think it’s a very tough decision for a corporation to make or group to make, I respect them when they make that judgment, I support whatever judgment they make. The best way to deal with this is for Georgia and other states to smarten up. Stop it, stop it.”
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that,” Biden told ESPN last week. “People look to them. They’re leaders. The very people who are victimized the most are the leaders in these various sports.”Translation: If you know what’s good for you, play ball.”
This piece was written by David Kamioner on April 7, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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