Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp defended his position on his state’s new voting law after Major League Baseball announced it would be pulling its July 13 All-Star game in protest of the legislation.
“I want to be clear: I will not be backing down from this fight, and neither are the people who are here with me today,” Kemp said.
MLB pulled the game following efforts by Democrats to pressure private companies to speak out against the bill.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in a statement in announcing the change said his organization “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
Companies such as Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines have also come out against the bill. Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey cited the bill as taking a “step backwards.” And Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the bill, “includes provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters, particularly Black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives.”
On Saturday, Kemp responded to the boycott and criticism.
“We will not be intimidated, and we will also not be silenced. Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola and Delta may be scared of Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden and the left, but I am not, and we are not as Georgians,” he said.
“There were reasons to try to figure out a better way, a more accessible way and a more secure way for us to hold elections, and there’s nothing wrong with that. We shouldn’t apologize for wanting to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.”
Despite the backlash, Kemp says he has no plans to change or revoke the law.
“I can tell you that we will not waiver. For anybody that’s out there who’s thinking that any kind of snowball effect is going to have any kind of effect on me, it is not…We have worked in good faith with the business community, with the chambers of commerce, with some of these same companies that have flip-flopped on this issue.”
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