Republicans aren’t happy with Major League Baseball.
And it’s no wonder, after the MLB made a show of pulling their All-Star game from Atlanta after the Georgia state legislature passed new voter laws to help weed out voter fraud and protect election integrity in the state.
Despite the fact that the new laws are simple and fairly common-sense – like mandating people have to show a photo ID at the polls and limiting early and mail-in voting – the MLB, along with other “woke” companies like Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and some Hollywood production companies, publicly jumped aboard the Social Justice train and decried the new regulations as racist and anti-democracy.
And it looks like a lot of people aren’t buying the bull – or the baseball tickets.
According to new data, the MLB’s favorability among Republicans dropped a whopping 35% in just one month after the sports league came out against the voter laws and yanked their All-Star game out of Atlanta and moved it to Colorado – a state that, incidentally, also requires voters to show an ID at the polls.
“In mid-March, MLB's net favorability rating among Republicans was 47%, the highest of the four major U.S. sports leagues. Since then, it has plummeted to 12%, dropping the league below the NFL and NHL, according to new data from Morning Consult,” Axios reports.
The MLB isn’t the only entity to face pushback for its knee-jerk and hypocritical reaction to Georgia’s new laws (without regard for what the laws actually say). The Georgia state legislature voted to strip Delta of tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks after the airline’s CEO publicly trashed the new measures, pointing out that while companies are happy to benefit off profitable state laws, they’re too quick to throw those same lawmakers under the bus when it scores them woke points on Twitter.
Earlier this week, the Washington Examiner also noted that Coca-Cola, which slammed the state’s voter laws as ones that restrict voters’ “equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot,” is now taking a more measured approach following widespread backlash from the right, instead saying that “We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together to listen, respectfully share concerns and collaborate on a path forward. We remain open to productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views.”