When requested on Tuesday whether or not he thinks the upcoming Masters Tournament
ought to be moved out of Augusta, Georgia, in response to the current signing of the state election legislation that the administration has criticized, Biden mentioned, “I think that’s up to the Masters.”
The feedback come every week after the President indicated
throughout an interview with ESPN that he would assist Major League Baseball’s choice to take motion in response to Georgia’s new voting legislation. Subsequently, MLB introduced that its All-Star Game and draft wouldn’t be held in Atlanta, and now, the league says
the sport will happen in Denver.
“It is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are. There’s another side to this too. The other side to it, too, is when they in fact move out of Georgia, the people who need the help the most, the people who are making hourly wages, sometimes get hurt the most,” Biden mentioned following a speech on Covid on the White House. “I think it’s a very tough decision for a corporation to make or a group to make. But I respect them when they make that judgment, and I support whatever judgment they make.”
The Biden administration has closely criticized the Georgia laws, which was signed into legislation by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp final month. It imposes
new voter identification necessities for absentee ballots, limits the usage of poll drop containers, makes it against the law to method voters in line to give them meals and water and provides state officers extra energy over native elections.
Since Biden’s earlier feedback about the All-Star Game and MLB’s subsequent choice to transfer its sport out of Georgia, the White House has been pressed on whether or not the President or the administration will encourage others to take their enterprise out of the state.
Lawmakers in all but three states have introduced bills
in state legislatures this yr that might limit poll entry, in accordance to a current tally by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.
On Tuesday, Biden instructed reporters that “the best way to deal with this is for Georgia and other states to smarten up. Stop it. Stop it. It’s about getting people to vote.”