There’s no question that Joe Biden encouraged Major League Baseball to pull out its All Star Game from Georgia.
But as my colleague Sister Toldjah wrote yesterday, Jen Psaki tried to deny that’s what Biden said and didn’t seem to give a good gosh darn about the fact that his words may have helped cost Georgia $100 million, with a lot of hard-working people losing a lot of money.
Under questioning from Peter Doocy, Jen Psaki refuses to admit that Biden's support for MLB moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta was a way of the White House putting their thumbs on the scales.
She also refused to comment on the loss of $100M from Cobb County. Go figure. pic.twitter.com/4i1bW0gWOC
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 5, 2021
They’re backing off because they don’t want to be held responsible for the consequences of his words.
So let’s go to the videotape, because he surely did encourage it.
Not only that, Major League Baseball even indicated in their own statement on the subject that he’d influenced them, as Townhall notes.
Today Jen Psaki tried to distance President Biden from the MLB decision to pull the All Star game from Georgia, but the MLB website specifically refers to Biden's criticism before the announcement https://t.co/B39xqPN4Ud pic.twitter.com/rxlSNqYOW7
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 6, 2021
“Major League Baseball announced on Friday that it will relocate the 2021 All-Star Game and MLB Draft, originally scheduled to take place in Atlanta, to a to-be-determined location. The decision comes a little more than a week after the passage of S.B. 202, a Georgia law that President Joe Biden criticized earlier this week, saying that it will restrict voting access for residents of the state,” MLB released last week.
So no, you don’t get to say irresponsible things and push a false narrative, but then back off or try to spin when it has harmful consequences that you don’t want to get tagged with.
But that’s not stopping Jen Psaki from trying, she was at it again today.
Peter Doocy asked her about the MLB moving the All Start game to Colorado which had a very similar law to that of Georgia.
“Is the White House concerned MLB is moving their All Star Game to Colorado, where voting regulations are very similar to Georgia?”
She claims she’s going to refute what he says, but then she doesn’t actually do so. She talks about Colorado voting by mail. But in order to register to vote in Colorado you need to show ID and in subsequent voting, there has to be a signature match. If you vote in person, you have to show ID. So according to Psaki logic, Biden now must be cool with voter ID since you need that to vote in Colorado and she’s touting Colorado.
Once again, no matter who or what is hurt, Democrats pursue their ability to commit election fraud in order to maintain their power. They don’t believe ID is racist; they merely believe it impedes fraud. Also, they don’t want restrictions on all the various means and methods they used in 2020, which handed them their “win”.
So, did MLB choose Colorado and Denver because it is so WHITE? After all, Colorado requires voter ID in all methods of voting. Georgia’s new law is more accommodating to early voting than Colorado’s but, of course, there is NOTHING wrong with Georgia’s law except that it probably doesn’t do enough to make elections more secure.
thanks Curt or the reply button
By Steve Benen
Major League Baseball recently pulled its All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new voter-suppression law. The exhibition will instead be played this year in Denver.
And that, evidently, gave some Republicans an idea for a new talking point. At a briefing today, for example, Fox News’ White House correspondent asked:
“Is the White House concerned that Major League Baseball is moving its All-Star Game to Colorado, where voting regulations are very similar to Georgia?”
The premise of the question was, of course, false, but this is clearly the line of the day in GOP circles.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) argued this morning that Colorado has “even stricter voting regulations” than Georgia. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) published a related tweet, insisting the Colorado has fewer days of early voting than Georgia. Matt Whitlock, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, echoed a similar message.
The point, of course, is unsubtle: all Georgia Republicans did was pass the same kind of voting regulations that are found in blue states like Colorado, but everyone’s picking on them as part of a political vendetta, launched by rascally Democrats and meanies in Corporate America. The fact that the All-Star Game is headed to Denver, the argument goes, proves just how unfair it is to punish the poor, picked on Georgia GOP.
This is, in reality, spectacularly wrong.
Colorado’s voting laws have effectively nothing in common with Georgia’s newly revised system. In Colorado, for example, every eligible voter is automatically mailed a ballot, which Coloradans are free to return via mail or through drop boxes located throughout the state. The Rocky Mountain State has also automatic voter registration, and same-day registration for both in-person voters who choose to vote early or on Election Day.
Are these election laws “very similar” to Georgia’s? Not even a little. In Georgia, it is now illegal to send every eligible voter a ballot. Georgia Republicans have also made it harder to request mail ballots, cast mail ballots, and use drop boxes. Georgia has neither automatic voter registration nor same-day registration.
Yes, Colorado does have voter ID, as does Georgia, but as a Washington Post analysis explained, Colorado’s law is “not as stringent as many critics have suggested, or as stringent as what Georgia has and will have.”
Colorado has what the National Conference of State Legislatures calls a “non-strict” voter ID law for in-person early voting. Voters can produce a number of different types of ID, including ones without photos. And if they don’t have ID, they can vote via provisional ballot, at which time elections officials are charged with verifying their eligibility. Georgia’s in-person ID requirement, by contrast, is a “strict” law, requiring photo ID.
Finally, let’s not forget that Georgia’s new law deliberately strips power from local election officials. As a Vox explainer recently noted, “The [state election board], which now will be fully controlled by the Republican legislative majority, is unilaterally empowered to take over (among other things) the process of disqualifying ballots across the state. Given that Georgia Republicans have helped promote false allegations of voter fraud, it’s easy to see why handing them so much power over local election authorities is so worrying.”
Lauren Groh-Wargo, executive director of Atlanta-based Fair Fight Action, the voting rights group founded by Stacey Abrams, told reporters, “It will make what we all lived through in 2020 child’s play. Donald Trump won’t have to strong-arm our election administrators. The most radical fringes of the Republican Party sitting in the state legislature will be able to wipe out boards of elections.”
Is there something comparable in Colorado? Of course not.
The idea that that the two states are effectively the same in imposing voting restrictions, and that Major League Baseball is guilty of hypocrisy, is demonstrably ridiculous.
Either the Republicans pushing this didn’t familiarize themselves with the basic details, or they know the comparison is absurd and they’re hoping to fool people. Either way, this isn’t a talking point to be taken seriously.
Obviously, AJ, all you Biden-blowers just wanted the game in a whiter area, hating minorities as you do. We are all well aware this has nothing to do with legal voting, just Democrats wanting to preserve election fraud as an option.
/” rel=”nofollow ugc”>Mississippi’s top election official says he is worried that the nation will suffer if more “woke” and “uninformed” college students become registered voters. Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson made that remark in a televised interview while describing President Joe Biden’s March 6 executive order on “promoting access to voting.”
Among other things, the president’s executive order directs the heads of federal agencies to develop strategic plans to “promote voter registration and participation,” possibly including “distributing voter registration and vote-by-mail ballot applications in the course of regular services.”
On March 26, Watson claimed during an interview with WLOX that Biden was “basically employing all the federal agencies, universities and colleges to register as many folks as they can via this automatic voter registration.” Biden’s order does not mention colleges, universities or automatic registration.
“So think about all those woke college and university students now who will automatically be registered to vote whether they wanted to or not. Again, if they didn’t know to opt-out, they’re going to be automatically registered to vote and then they receive this mail-in ballot that they probably didn’t know was coming because they didn’t know they were registered to vote,” the Mississippi Republican said.
“You’ve got an uninformed citizen who may not be prepared and ready to vote. Automatically, it’s forced on them: ‘Hey, go make a choice.’ And our country’s going to pay for those choices.”
“Woke” is a term that originated in Black culture to describe enlightenment on issues of systemic racism and white supremacy. As a national race awakening swept the nation over the past year, though, many white Republican and conservative politicians, including U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have increasingly begun using “woke” as an epithet to mock or criticize proponents of anti-racist ideas.
During her 2018 campaign, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith drew national headlines after Bayou Brief published a video of her at a campaign stop in Starkville referencing “schools” with “a lot of liberal folks … who maybe we don’t want to vote.”
“Maybe we can make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea,” she said in the video. Hyde-Smith later claimed she was joking but did not clarify which “schools” she was referencing.
‘Literacy Tests, Anyone?’
After Twitter user @jallen1985 tweeted a video of Watson’s March 26 remarks on WLOX, former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus offered his assessment of the secretary’s remarks.
“His talking points are from (the) 1950s. Slightly updated. Literacy tests anyone?” wrote Mabus, who served as U.S. secretary of the Navy under former President Barack Obama.
During the Jim Crow era, segregationist politicians in Mississippi and other Deep South states used literacy tests and poll taxes to effectively bar Black people from voting. One 1955 voter application test directed election officials to name a numbered section of the Mississippi Constitution and not only ask voters to copy the text of the section, but to then describe “a reasonable interpretation” of its meaning.
Black Mississippians were already at a disadvantage due to significantly higher illiteracy rates stemming from disparities in educational opportunities. Registrars often further compounded those inequalities with literacy tests by assigning short, simple-to-understand sections to white applicants but long, complex sections to Black voters. The test also asked voters to write “a statement setting forth your understanding of the duties and obligations of citizenship under a constitutional form of government.”
Earlier this year, Mississippi legislators introduced several bills that would have limited voting in some places, including a Watson-backed bill that would have required some voters to provide proof of citizenship. All of the bills died before the legislative session ended.
Arekia Bennett and the organization she directs, Mississippi Votes, tracked those bills throughout the session, and told the Mississippi Free Press last month that such efforts could “resurface at any time.”
“It goes to show you that what happened in November when a record number of Mississippians, including Black or indigenous people who have been marginalized for centuries in this country, turned out to vote. … When this kind of thing happens, there’s almost always an attempt to turn us back to the Jim Crow era and package it as something else,” she said.
During his 2019 campaign for secretary of state, Watson said he wanted to make it “easier” for college students to vote and would consider on-campus polling places and efforts to “streamline” the absentee voting process. But as a state senator, he opposed cross-partisan legislation in the past that would have made it easier for college students to vote.
In 2017, then-Sen. Sally Doty, a Republican, introduced Senate Bill 2702, which would have made absentee voting easier for college students by allowing college registrars to witness their absentee ballot application. The Senate passed the bill 30-20 with cross-partisan support, but then-Sen. Michael Watson voted against it. The legislation died in the Mississippi House.
No Opt-Outs, Automatic Registration in Biden Order
In the WLOX interview, Watson made additional claims about Biden’s March 6 executive order, positing an additional scenario where he implied the president could be sneakily registering people to vote without their knowledge.
“So you think about the (Gulf) Coast, we have a hurricane, FEMA comes in, we get FEMA help. On that FEMA application now is going to be an area for voter registration, and it’s automatic voter registration unless you opt out,” Watson claimed.
The White House declined to respond to Watson’s remarks, but a copy of the executive order and a March 6 White House statement announcing the order provides no evidence for these claims. The order does not offer any specific directive for colleges, universities or FEMA. It also does not mention using unrelated forms for automatic voter registration or requiring people to “opt out” of becoming registered to vote.
Image shows president Biden’s hands as he signs an executive order promoting voting access
President Joe Biden signs his executive order on promoting access to voting on the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday on March 6, 2021, in the Treaty Room of the White House. Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz
Instead, it orders federal agencies to “evaluate ways in which the agency can, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, promote voter registration and voter participation.” The agency heads should consider “ways to provide relevant information in the course of activities or services that directly engage with the public,” it says, including through “agency materials, websites, online forms, social media platforms, and other points of public access” on “how to register to vote, how to request a vote-by-mail ballot, and how to cast a ballot in upcoming elections.”
The order also directs the agency heads to find “ways to facilitate seamless transition from agencies’ websites directly to State online voter registration systems.” The heads must submit “a strategic plan outlining the ways identified under this review that the agency can promote voter registration and voter participation” within 200 days, Biden’s order says.
The president signed the order on the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, commemorating the day when Alabama state officials met voting rights activists with violent force in Selma.
Watson could be conflating Biden’s executive order with proposed legislation currently making its way through Congress known as H.R. 1 and S. 1, or “The For The People Act.” The bill, which the House passed last month, is a package of federal voting reforms by lawmakers aiming to make voting more accessible and prevent states from enacting certain ballot restrictions.
H.R. 1 requires all states to enact Automatic Voter Registration for federal elections. Under it, the government would automatically register eligible citizens to vote in federal elections when they provide information to government agencies unless they opt out. Automatic voter registration already exists in 19 states plus the District of Columbia.
‘An Enlightened and Responsible Vote’
Even outside the South, Watson’s suggestion that voters deemed uneducated or ill-informed could undermine the country’s future is not new. In 1957, William F. Buckley, the founder of the conservative National Review magazine, wrote an editorial in defense of the South’s Jim Crow laws titled, “Why the South Must Prevail.”
In 2018, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, seen here with Secretary of State Michael Watson, told supporters during a stop in Starkville that she thought it would be a “good idea” to make it more difficult for people at more “liberal” schools to vote. She later claimed she was joking. Photo courtesy Secretary of State Michael Watson
“The central question that emerges … is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not predominate numerically? The sobering is Yes—the white community is so entitled, because, for the time being, it is the advanced race.”
Later in the editorial, Buckley dismissed the notion of “universal suffrage.”
“Millions who have the vote do not care to exercise it; millions who have it do not know how to exercise it and do not care to learn. The great majority of the Negroes of the South who do not vote do not care to vote, and would not know for what to vote if they could,” he wrote—a claim that southern Black voting rights activists and voters would later resoundingly disprove.
The South, he argued, had the right to restrict the vote so long as it worked to eventually “equip the Negro—and a great many Whites—to cast an enlightened and responsible vote.”
The National Review later denounced its segregationist history, but the current editor, Rich Lowry, published an editorial today titled, “The Jim Crow Canard,” defending Georgia’s new voter restriction law that many critics, including President Joe Biden and the NAACP, have described as a 21st century “Jim Crow” law.
“People who call anything in today’s America ‘the new Jim Crow’ are advertising their own lack of seriousness and ignorance of history, as well as—in many cases—their naked cynicism,” Lowry wrote today.
Watson Opposes ‘For The People Act’
On Twitter, Secretary Watson has shown sympathy to Georgia lawmakers, including by retweeting a Fox News opinion article that dismisses the “Jim Crow” comparisons. Other Mississippi Republicans have also defended Georgia’s law, including U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker.
Georgia Republicans adopted the new law last month after the state’s voters picked Biden and replaced their two Republican U.S. senators with Democrats who happen to be the first Black and Jewish members. Georgia voters had not selected a Democrat for any of those offices in decades, and their U.S. Senate choices gave Democrats control of both branches of Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade.
As he and other Republicans made evidence-free claims of widespread voter fraud, President Trump tried to pressure Georgia’s secretary of state into changing the results of the presidential ballot to give him the state’s electoral votes, but Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger refused. The law that Republicans passed in March strips the secretary of state of his power on the State Board of Elections and lets state officials usurp power over elections from counties.
White House Press Secretary Jenn Psaki takes questions while standing at the White House press secretary’s podium, journalists’ arms raised in front of her
“The Georgia legislation is built on a lie. There was no widespread fraud … Instead, what we’re seeing here is for politicians who didn’t like the outcome, they’re not changing their policies to win more votes, they’re changing the rules to exclude more voters,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (seen here in February 2021), said during an April 6, 2021, White House press conference. Official White House Photo by Chandler West
The law also makes it a misdemeanor for citizens to offer food or water to voters waiting in line in Georgia. During the 2020 election, some voters waited as long as eight hours in line. Voters in 90% Black precincts waited, on average, eight times as long as voters in 90% white precincts.
“The Georgia legislation is built on a lie. There was no widespread fraud … Instead, what we’re seeing here is for politicians who didn’t like the outcome, they’re not changing their policies to win more votes, they’re changing the rules to exclude more voters,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a White House press conference today.
In his March 26 interview with WLOX, Watson said he opposes the “For The People Act.”
“It’s basically the roadmap of 2020 put into elections. You talk about voter ID, should this pass, you would not be able to force someone to show voter ID,” Watson told WLOX. “Basically someone could come in and say, ‘I am who I am and, oh, by the way, I’ll sign an affidavit,’ but they would not have to show voter ID.”
The For The People Act requires states with voter ID laws to allow would-be voters who do not have photo ID when they arrive at the polls to satisfy the requirement “by presenting the appropriate State or local election official with a sworn written statement, signed by the individual under penalty of perjury, attesting to the individual’s identity and attesting that the individual is eligible to vote in the election.”
The For The People Act also bars states from requiring voters who cast ballots by mail to include photo ID. Georgia implemented ID requirements for mail-in votes in its new law last week.
Those changes would have little impact on Mississippi’s voter ID law, though. Mississippi voters can already vote by sworn affidavit if they do not have a photo ID on Election Day, and their ballot will count so long as they present an accepted form of ID to their circuit clerk’s office within five business days.
Both of Mississippi’s U.S. senators, including Wicker and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, are also against the bill, which must pass the U.S. Senate before President Biden could sign it into law.
Yes, your Party relies on using clickbait and misinformation on young, black, and poor people to get votes…mostly to copy, fraud, or purchase the ballot.
Hurdles to voting should be raised and held to let only responsible, thinking Americans not brainwashed by SNL, Oprah, or CNN to vote with their conscience.
Just because someone can vote doesn’t mean they SHOULD vote.
Forcing that is tyranny, not democracy.
The open mental slavery maintained by Democrats on blacks is appalling.
“If you don’t vote for me, you ain’t black”.
Racism, on full display.
Your belief in “hurdles” for voters you deem less intelligent or brainwashed is noted even though you run from explaining precisely how we define who these people are and by what means we disqualify or apply additional hurdles. Literacy tests? Property ownership? Voting demographics? Political party itself?
You won’t say. Probably because the answer would be as profoundly radical, unhinged, unconstitutional, and un-American as what you allude to. We all know precisely what the objective is and even though some lawmakers have openly admitted it, it’s a hard concept for even many Trump cultists to actually admit, assuming they even know what they’ve been told to advocate.
It’s just that most rational people don’t buy the bullshit you’re selling and even large corporations don’t approve of their customers being disenfranchised.
I see you are cut and paste man today. Corporations are not elected especially those that have huge financial ties to China.
Your comment got boring after Mississippi’s top election official says he is worried that the nation will suffer if more “woke” and “uninformed” You cant even express your own opinion! Beta boy.
AJ cuts and pastes those long, blathering thoughts of other people in order to get us to explain them to him. He has no idea.
Hehe. So easy to bait you, idiot.
Average people agree with me, not you.
I’m not selling anything: basic ID laws are the norm the world over.
You’re selling rigged elections by using black people for their vote.
No thank you.
“Under questioning from Peter Doocy, Jen Psaki refuses to admit that Biden’s support for MLB moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta was a way of the White House putting their thumbs on the scales.”
Nobody secretly has ‘their thumbs on the scale.’ The Administration is OPENLY and VIGOROUSLY pushing back against republican efforts to restrict voting rights, and will openly approve of public expressions of support for such resistance.
The reporter was essentially attempting to elicit an acknowledgment that there’s something inappropriate about doing so, but Psaki wasn’t providing him with the opportunity to put that sort of spin on things. She instantly recognized what he was doing.
Only problem is, no one can point out where anyone’s voting rights are restricted by Georgia’s law. NO ONE. Everyone criticizing the law has LIED and that confirms the law restricts nothing but how much fraud is accepted and allowed. Idiot Biden, like the CEO’s of Coke and United, as not read any of the law. His concern is that it makes fraud more difficult (and no one knows the value of election fraud more than he) and Coke and United fear the race hustlers fleecing them if they don’t follow the racist agenda.
Mitch McConnell’s stern warning to corporations like Coke and United Airlines to keep out of politics was interesting, given his past support for the assertion that corporations had the same constitutional right as any individual to unrestrained political speech, and the same right to freely spend however much money they wished to promote specific politicians, parties, or political agendas.
Supporting a candidate and promoting voting is not politics. Opposing legislation that makes voting more secure is. However, corporations supporting the continuation of Democrat’s widespread election fraud should be punished severely by public response.
I hope big, fat, lying, tax-evading Stacey Abrams is happy with the losses she and fellow fraud devotees brought to Georgia and I hope Georgians remember who cost them all that tax revenue and why.
Nobody secretly has ‘their thumbs on the scale.’ The Administration is OPENLY and VIGOROUSLY pushing back against republican efforts to restrict voting rights, and will openly approve of public expressions of support for such resistance. Your comment.
Wow you are right again, there is no secret, they are open about fighting any election integrity and openly transparent elections.
Perhaps, but it’s corporations who spent about 6 Billion…with a B….to install our current Dictator.
That’s bad…and fascist.
And stop acting like McConnel speaks for non-Leftists. He’s the swamp too, and needs to go down the same drain as Biden.
Oh, and Biden’s brilliant leadership is seeing kids being sexually assaulted in his new migrant concentration camps at the border.
Perhaps he’s grooming a few kids for himself?
He may not be grooming just putting them in hotel rooms says volumes.