Major League Baseball made headlines this week with the announcement that its All-Star Game would be moved out of Atlanta, Georgia, this year in response to pressure stemming from a controversial election-reform law recently passed in the state.
Among the most outspoken critics of the league’s decision was former President Donald Trump’s eldest son.
“The best way to demonstrate our values”
According to The Washington Times, Donald Trump Jr. voiced his opposition to the relocation in a tweet he posted on Friday.
“Republicans in Congress should immediately move to repeal the [MLB’s] anti-trust exemption,” he advised, calling on legislators to “fight fire with fire.”
Amid a backlash against other Georgia-based businesses and events, the MLB has faced calls to move the upcoming game out of the state because of new provisions that many progressive opponents have described as GOP-sanctioned voter suppression.
In a statement on Friday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced his decision to heed the critics’ calls.
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views,” he wrote. “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.”
“Increased scrutiny under the law”
Of course, Trump Jr. was just one of many Americans who expressed outrage over Manfred’s determination.
Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp accused the league of giving in to “fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies” in its abrupt announcement.
“Georgians — and all Americans — should fully understand what the MLB’s knee-jerk decision means: cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included,” Kemp added. “If the left doesn’t agree with you, facts and the truth do not matter.”
Trump Jr.’s proposed solution involves removing the league’s exemption from the Sherman Antitrust Act, which it received due to court determinations that its state-centric business model does not need to follow such federal commerce laws.
For his part, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) announced that he has begun “drafting legislation to remove Major League Baseball’s federal antitrust exception,” adding that “any organization that abuses its power to oppose secure elections deserves increased scrutiny under the law.”