The controversial decision by Major League Baseball to pull the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta in protest of Georgia’s newly enacted elections law has elicited sharply divergent responses from each of the past two U.S. chief executives, with former President Donald Trump accusing MLB of “interfering with free and fair elections,” while Barack Obama praised the league. The pushback from Republican lawmakers nationwide was immediate. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) tweeted that he had instructed his staff to “begin drafting legislation to remove Major League Baseball’s federal antitrust exception,”
Congratulations to @MLB for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens. There’s no better way for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 3, 2021