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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called out MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s “hypocrisy” for moving the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia in protest over the state’s new voting law.
Rubio challenged Manfred Monday to give up his membership at the Augusta National Golf Club following the baseball league’s decision to cower to the woke mob.
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“I write to ask you whether you intend to maintain your membership at Augusta National Golf Club. As you are well aware, the exclusive members-only club is located in the State of Georgia,” Rubio wrote.
The Republican congressman said Manfred’s decision “reeks of hypocrisy.” Augusta National, the annual host of the Masters Tournament, didn’t admit its first black member until 1990.
Rubio said the decision to move the All-Star Game “will have a bigger impact on countless small and minority owned businesses in and around Atlanta, than the new election law ever will.”
The GOP Senator and potential 2024 contender believes the commissioner won’t end his membership because “to do so would require a personal sacrifice, as opposed to the woke corporate virtue signaling of moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta.”
Finally, Rubio called out the MLB for not speaking out against human rights abuses and atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party.
He also noted the MLB’s financial ties to the communist nations.
“Taking the All-Star game out of Georgia is an easy way to signal virtues without significant financial fallout,” Rubio said. “But speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party would involve a significant loss of revenue and being closed out of a lucrative market.”
Last week, Manfred announced his decision, saying the MLB “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”