Obama applauds MLB for "taking a stand" against Georgia's voting restrictions

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Former President Obama on Saturday praised Major League Baseball for moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta due to Georgia's new law curbing voting access.

What he's saying: "Congratulations to @MLB for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens," Obama tweeted. "There’s no better way for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example."

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The big picture: The MLB commissioner announced the decision on Friday, saying the league "fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box."

  • Georgia's law, which passed in March, will disproportionately affect voters of color.

  • MLB's decision was applauded by players, rights groups and others.

  • But it was criticized by many Republicans, including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who said MLB "caved to fear and lies from liberal activists."

  • Former President Trump, meanwhile, called for a boycott of MLB over the move.

Go deeper: 108 more voting restriction bills introduced by states since mid-February

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