Douglas Andrews / April 9, 2021

Stacey Abrams Soils Herself

By forcing MLB into the Social Justice Wars, the Georgia activist cost her state dearly.

Poor, poor, pitiful Rob Manfred.

Lacking either the brains or the intellectual curiosity to check things out for himself, Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, took the appallingly reckless step of making a $100 million business decision based primarily on information he’d received from a bunch of snake-oil salesmen.

But Fox News’s Charlie Gasparino reports a new twist: “Manfred decided to move the All-Star Game on his own after holding extensive discussions with voting rights groups associated with LeBron James, Stacey Abrams and Rev. Al Sharpton. … Abrams and Sharpton told the commissioner players would boycott the game if not. Sources say that Abrams’ current stance, that she is disappointed about the Georgia boycott, is suspect as she was a key player in the decision. James has publicly supported the Georgia boycott.”

So, Rob Manfred took his “social justice” marching orders from James, a money-grubbing, speech-suppressing apologist for the genocidal communist Chinese; from Abrams, a race-baiting sore loser and voting conspiracy theorist; and from Sharpton, the vile anti-Semite shakedown artist and unrepentant hate-crime hoaxer.

What could go wrong?

Manfred, at some point, must’ve convinced someone that he had the chops to lead an economic enterprise that generates $10.7 billion annually. But who? And how? As our Nate Jackson put it earlier this week, “[Manfred] succumbed to pressure out of ignorance, and his motives are profit-driven rather than based on integrity. If it were integrity, and if he truly believes Georgia is a racist backwater, he’d follow the advice of Senator Marco Rubio and withdraw his personal membership from the Augusta National Golf Club. And he’d demand that the Braves move out of Atlanta rather than forcing other MLB teams and all their black players to play 81 other games there this season. Don’t get us started on MLB’s efforts to expand in China.”

Manfred, then, is a dupe. A useful idiot of the lying Left. Abrams, though, has no such excuse. She, more than anyone else, is responsible for her state suddenly finding itself $100 million poorer than it was a week ago. And why? Because she has a problem with ballot integrity. Because she knows that Democrats benefit from loose, lax election laws — just like they did last November 3. And because she knows that the new Georgia law, which strengthens personal identification requirements for Georgians seeking absentee ballots, will make it harder for her side to cheat.

As for those personal identification requirements, the need to show photo ID enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support. According to a recent AP-NORC poll, a whopping 72% of all adults favor it, while only 13% oppose it. This includes 91% of Republicans and 56% of Democrats. But, yeah, it’s a “Jim Crow” law — or “Jim Crow on steroids,” if you prefer President Joe Biden’s despicable characterization.

So what’s Abrams afraid of? The truth? The will of the people? It’s pretty clear that she punked Manfred into moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia, and in doing so caused Major League Baseball to take the money and skedaddle from Atlanta, which is majority-black, to Denver, which is 76% white. Big mistake when you’re counting by race like Democrats do.

What’s worse, though, is that she won’t own up to her role in the fiasco. “Georgia Republicans,” she tweeted, “must renounce the terrible damage they have caused to our voting system and the harm they have inflicted on our economy.”

Get real. Whether Abrams actually supported the move out of Atlanta is immaterial. What is material is that she and her henchmen pressured the MLB commissioner to denounce the Georgia law and, as Gasparino reports, “urged the commissioner to support other issues, including voter drives and H.R. 1, the For the People Act,” the abominable effort by Democrats to federalize all election laws and irrevocably stack the deck in their favor.

Also according to Gasparino, people close to Manfred say he feared the All-Star Game would become “a political event” — which is what prompted him to politicize it and pull the plug on Atlanta.

In short, Abrams overplayed her crooked hand, and it cost her state dearly. It’ll be interesting to see whether Georgians will forgive her when the time comes to elect their next governor.

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