“We know that boycotts have allowed for justice to be delivered in many spaces. The civil rights movement was rooted in boycotts. We know that, you know, apartheid ended in South Africa because of boycotts,” Omar told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “And so our hope is that, you know, this boycott would result in changes in the law because we understand that when you restrict people’s ability to vote, you create a democracy that isn’t fully functioning for all of us. And if we are to continue to be a beacon of hope for all democracies around the world, we must stand our ground.”
The MLB’s decision has garnered praise from opponents of the new election law and Democrats, who say the legislation, and similar measures being pushed by GOP lawmakers in other states, amounts to voter suppression efforts that will reduce minority voting. But the move also comes as a risk to Georgia’s tourism industry, one of the hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic, that is still struggling to rebound.
“I want to be clear that our group does not favor boycotts. What we are asking, as you stated, is that corporations publicly oppose this type of legislation that restricts voting,” Chenault said on “Inside Politics.” “I think it’s unfortunate, but I can understand the Major League Baseball’s move, but we certainly wish it did not have to happen.”
But despite the backlash over the new law, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, said at a news conference on Saturday that he “will not be backing down from this fight.”
Dubbed the “Election Integrity Act of 2021,” the law allows state officials to take over local elections boards, imposes voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to give or offer voters food and drink as they wait in line to vote.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Eric Bradner and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.