On Monday White House press secretary Jen Psaki sought to downplay President Joe Biden’s support of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) decision to move the All-Star Game and Draft from Georgia over its recent election integrity law.
President Biden told ESPN on Wednesday, “The very people who were victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports, and it’s just not right.”
He added, “This is Jim Crow on steroids what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states. What’s it all about?… This is all about keeping working folks that I grew up with from being able to vote.”
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Last Friday, the MLB announced their decision to move the All-Star Game and Draft. The move led to criticism from conservatives.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) said in a statement, “This attack on our state is the direct result of repeated lies from Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams about a bill that expands access to the ballot box and ensures the integrity of our elections. I will not back down.”
Psaki’s answers struggled to account for Biden’s role in the situation.
“He was not dictating for what Major League Baseball should do, that they should — dictating they should move the All-Star game,” she said. “That was their decision, they made that decision, and as he stated earlier he certainly supports that.”
Biden clearly supported the change, regardless of Psaki’s reluctance to admit his agreement. The president’s appearance on ESPN noted exactly where he stood regarding the Georgia election law.