Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is convinced boycotting Major League Baseball (MLB) is “the only thing that will teach them a lesson” after the organization decided to move this year’s All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to the state’s election law.
“Major League Baseball wants to boycott the whole state of Georgia, including Atlanta. They’ve already got rid of the All-Star Game and the draft. They’re doing it because they don’t like a Republican law, a law that expands voting, doesn’t contract voting,” Paul said during a Fox News appearance on Monday.
He added, “Georgia now has more early voting than New York. It’s kind of ridiculous. Even the facts don’t meet what they’re trying to do. My point is if they want to boycott us, why don’t we boycott them. This is the only thing that will teach them a lesson.”
Paul touched on corporations, including Coca-Cola and Delta, that have spoken out against the Georgia bill.
“If Coca-Cola wants to only operate in Democrat states and wants only Democrats to drink Coca-Cola, God love them. We’ll see how they do when half the country quits drinking Coca-Cola, when half the country quits using Delta,” Paul continued.
Watch Paul’s comments below:
Turning his attention to the MLB’s business with China, Paul argued, “China has never seen a free election. China is now putting people in jail for over a year at a time for speech violations. Yet they do business with China.”
The senator noted some have referred to the bill as “some sort of Jim Crow,” adding, “These people holding up Jim Crow signs need to remember it was the Democrats who instituted Jim Crow across the South. It’s the legacy of the Democrat Party. What the Republicans have done in Georgia is expand voting access if you’ll read the bill.”
“I was looking forward to throwing out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game until [MLB] adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about Georgia’s election law reforms,” Abbott tweeted on Monday.
He continued, “It is shameful that America’s pastime is being influenced by partisan politics.”
The game will reportedly move to Coors Field in Denver, the home of the Colorado Rockies.