Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) argued the state’s new voting integrity law is worth the boycotts and lawsuits after Major League Baseball (MLB) reported it will move the All-Star Game and Draft from the Peach State.
“Free and fair elections are the foundation of who we are as a state and a nation. Secure, accessible, fair elections are worth the threats. They are worth the boycotts as well as the lawsuits,” Kemp said during a press conference Saturday.
“I want to be clear: I will not be backing down from this fight, and neither are the people who are here with me today,” he added.
The new voting law includes new requirements for photo ID requirements. President Joe Biden and others have claimed the requirement is similar to Jim Crow laws that legalized racial segregation in parts of America.
Rob Manfred, the MLB commissioner, wrote in a statement that the decision was “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.”
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” Manfred added.
Other Georgia companies have expressed concerns with the state’s new voting bill. Both Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines have released statements opposing the measure.
Kemp responded to these groups by name in his speech. “We will not be intimidated, and we will also not be silenced. Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola and Delta may be scared of Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden and the left, but I am not, and we are not as Georgians.”
Many conservatives criticized Kemp’s handling of the 2020 election. Now conservatives are supporting his strong stand on voter reform, challenging the governor to remain strong despite progressive opposition.