Democrats were hoping that Georgia would be hurt by the voting law they passed.
They’re opposing any election integrity measures.
Joe Biden was horrified to learn of an awful defeat in his Georgia fight.
President Joe Biden strongly supported moving the Major League Baseball All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia’s voting law.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” Biden told ESPN’s Sage Steele in an interview. “I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They’re leaders.”
Moving the All-Star Game cost the Atlanta area, which is heavily Democrat and supported Biden, $100 million in revenue.
There was also pressure on the PGA to move the annual Masters Tournament played in Augusta, Georgia.
The PGA Tour issued a statement last week clarifying its position on the subject noting that “our intention to stage an event in a particular market should not be construed as indifference to the current national conversation around voting rights. The PGA Tour fully supports efforts to protect the right of all Americans to vote and to eliminate any barriers that may prevent citizens’ voices from being heard and counted.”
The Tour also noted that “The Masters is run by Augusta National Golf Club, however, and is just loosely affiliated with the PGA Tour,” according to Golfweek.
Fred Ridley, chairman of both the club and the tournament, said the right to vote is “fundamental in our democratic society” but also noted that “it is critical that all citizens have confidence in the electoral process.”
It does not appear that any professional golfers chose to boycott the Masters event because of Georgia’s voting law.
Although online activists hoped that there would be backlash against the event, just “two dozen” protesters showed up, according to the New York Post.
“A group of about two dozen people gathered near Augusta National Golf Club to protest Georgia’s new voting law,” the outlet noted. “The protestors held up signs reading ‘Let Us Vote’ and ‘Protect Georgia Voting Rights’ as the third round of the Masters was underway Saturday.”
“This bill is death by a thousand cuts,” one voter rights activist who attended Saturday’s protest at the Masters told media. “Anytime you put new restrictions on how you can vote, that’s voter suppression. We should be making it easier to vote. It’s the patriotic thing to do.”
The people attending the event seemed indifferent to the small protest.
“One man passing by shouted an insult against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who signed new voter restrictions into law last month. But another yelled at protesters, ‘C’mon, you can vote! Get out of here!’” according to USA Today.
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