The Usual Suspects are lining up to do damage control after Abrams and other Democrats including President Joe Biden and Sen. Raphael Warnock helped stir up the toxic atmosphere surrounding the Georgia voting law that left the MLB little choice but to decide to move the game.
At the quick paced news cycles typically run, it seems like Major League Baseball announcing their decision to pull their All-Star game from Georgia was ages ago, but in reality, it was just a few weeks ago.
The announcement happened just two days after President Joe Biden told ESPN in an interview that he would “strongly support” such a move. MLB cited Biden’s comments in their write-up on Commissioner Rob Manfred’s statement.
Not mentioned by MLB—but reportedly nevertheless a key factor in their decision to pull the game—was failed 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, who led the way in making false comparisons between Georgia’s voting law and the Jim Crow era. Abrams repeatedly referred to the bill that eventually became law as “Jim Crow 2.0,” and Biden dutifully followed suit.
The heated rhetoric about the bill from Biden, Abrams, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and other Democrats urging corporations in so many words to “take action” to oppose the bill had already begun to do its intended damage to the state by the time MLB said they were going to move the game.
Just a few days after MLB caved to the mob, Fox Business reporter Charlie Gasparino tweeted that the decision was made after MLB spoke with Stacey Abrams:
SCOOP: @MLB sources say owners were blindsided at least by the timing of @RobManfred's decision to pull the All-Star game from Atlanta. Also said his decision came after speaking w @staceyabrams, which is odd since she has now said she's against the boycott. Story developing
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) April 7, 2021
But now the Usual Suspects—including so-called “fact-checkers” in the media and on Twitter—are lining up to conduct damage control on this issue for Abrams after Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) blasted her during a Senate hearing last week for laying the groundwork for boycotts in her own state:
Stacey Abrams described Georgia’s new voting law as “Jim Crow” at least 10 times before MLB moved the All-Star game.
She also wrote “boycotts work” and threatened the businesses which didn’t attack the new law.
She convinced the MLB to boycott Georgia. pic.twitter.com/b8NdgZsMcY
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) April 20, 2021
Cotton daring to reveal inconvenient truths about Abrams’ lies triggered CNN “fact-checker”/Democrat apologist Daniel Dale, who claimed Cotton’s remarks were “misleading”:
This is misleading. Abrams wrote that boycotts work under certain conditions…but proceeded, in the same op-ed, to argue that Georgia's conditions weren't right for a boycott. In a web video that day, she explicitly said, "Please do not boycott us." https://t.co/Ym0uIdFZy8
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 22, 2021
Here’s the original version of the Abrams op-ed in which she made clear she was not endorsing a GA boycott: https://t.co/qsKe9GXNdD
Here’s the post-MLB-pullout updated version: https://t.co/TCa0huwp29
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 22, 2021
Except no, what Cotton said was not “misleading” at all, for reasons explained by Real Clear Investigations senior writer Mark Hemingway and others:
This is not "misleading." Cotton is making the point that Abrams' rhetoric helped create the conditions that fomented the GA boycott she's now arguing against. What's misleading is "fact checking" an argument. https://t.co/6p1pmPvYG7
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) April 23, 2021
— K-Rod (@freddy_farts) April 23, 2021
And she explicitly said before that corporations need to “take action.” She backtracked when she realized she had screwed up, but you want to pretend like she’s not culpable at all. Do better.
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) April 23, 2021
Plus, one of the pieces of supposed evidence used by Dale to defend Abrams was to cite an op/ed she wrote which, as it turns out, was stealth-edited after the MLB made their decision public:
The op-ed Dale and others cite defending Abrams was heavily edited from its original version AFTER the MLB decided to move the All Star game.
Paragraph on the left is before, paragraph on the right is AFTER. Clear attempt to cover tracks.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 23, 2021
Politifact got caught doing the same thing re: the Abrams op/ed:
In arguing on behalf of Stacey Abrams against @BrianKempGA — that she had always argued against boycotts — they cite lines from her op-Ed about boycotts costing jobs.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 24, 2021
Twitter did their part to try and rescue Abrams as well, allowing this “moment” about Abrams to trend on their platform for nearly two days straight:
Twitter and the media are playing cleanup for Stacey Abrams. pic.twitter.com/ji4fF8dKuu
— Chief Impact Officer BT (@back_ttys) April 23, 2021
Yeah, they’ve promoted that crap several days in a row. They really want to help her fix this mess she went out of her way to make.
— I got your #Unity right here (@jtLOL) April 24, 2021
Abrams making public statements against boycotts ahead of MLB’s decision was a way for her to try and save face because she knew the inevitable was coming. And she also knew that once it happened the media and fact-checkers would be eager to run interference for her in the aftermath.
Also, she knows very well from prior boycott campaigns against Georgia (like the one over their pro-life bill two years ago) that left-wing activists typically respond to legislation they don’t like—and to prominent figures like Abrams giving hellfire and brimstone speeches about it—by immediately jumping on the boycott bandwagon.
She knew the moment she started referring to the law as “Jim Crow 2.0” how the outrage mobs on the left would respond, and yet she continued for weeks to lie about it. She and her knights in shining armor in the media can play word games all they want to here, but the actual facts about the toxic atmosphere she and other Democrats stirred up over the law speak for themselves.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —DONATE
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.