Florida Senator Marco Rubio Claims MLB’s All-Star Game Transfer”Reeks of Hypocrisy”
FLORIDA — Florida Senator Marco Rubio is joining the others in criticizing Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred to your organization’s decision on Friday to move this year’s All-Star game from Atlanta, saying the transfer”reeks of hypocrisy.” What You Want To Know
Florida Senator Marco Rubio criticizes MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred to the league’s decision to move the All-Start game from Atlanta
The organization’s decision to proceed the game is in response to Georgia’s new voting reform law
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MLB’s decision to change the positioning of this game is in response to Georgia’s new voting reform law, including strict photo ID needs and prohibits handing out water or food to those in line in a specific space of polling sites.
In a letter on Monday, Rubio argues the decision will”have a bigger impact on countless little and minority-owned companies in the vicinity of Atlanta, compared to new election law ever will.”
“Last week, you”determined that the best way to demonstrate our values as a game is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game” out of Atlanta due to Georgia’s revised election law,” Rubio wrote.
The Senator also strikes ties to China and Cuba and slams the commissioner’s”profitable financial relationship” with a business which has”deep ties to the Communist Party and actively helps the Chinese authorities search down and silence political dissidents.”
“Since Major League Baseball now seems eager to use its”platform” to demonstrate”unwavering support” for fundamental human rights, will you stop your connection with the Chinese authorities, which in this very moment is committing genocide against the Uyghurs Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)?” Rubio wrote.
From the letter shared with the media, Rubio acknowledges Manfred’s correct”as a citizen of a free nation” to”talk out against laws in the U.S. you disagree with,” but questions his integrity.
“What would be genuinely bold, however, is if you’d speak on behalf of the voiceless who face arbitrary imprisonment, forced sterilization, coerced abortions, rape, and other horrible acts in the hands of one of your company partners. I’m under no illusion that Major League Baseball will sacrifice business earnings due to its alleged corporate values.”
“Similarly, I’m under no illusion you want to resign as a part of Augusta National Golf Club. To do this would take a personal sacrifice, as opposed to this awakened corporate virtue signifying of moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta.”
Major League Baseball hasn’t reacted to this Senator’s comments.