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Trump urges followers to completely boycott baseball as he admits ‘he doesn’t know what the hell he’s watching’

MLB moved All-Star game out of state over Georgia’s restrictive voting law

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Wednesday 07 April 2021 07:43 BST
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Donald Trump has urged his followers to completely boycott baseball as he admitted he “doesn’t know what the hell he’s watching.”

The ex-president said that baseball games are “not appropriate” after MLB ‘s decision to move the All-Star event out of Atlanta in the wake of Georgia’s new restrictive voting law.

Donald Trump tries to catch a baseball thrown by former New York Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera on the South Lawn of the White House on July 23, 2020 (Getty Images)

“A woke group of people ... and that’s baseball and people are tired of it ... they decided to hurt the people of Georgia by moving it out and it’s just ridiculous,” Mr Trump told Newsmax host Heather Childers.

Mr Trump argued that conservatives should now boycott “woke” companies, and was asked if that extended to the game of baseball as well.

“Look, I’m just not very interested in baseball for the last number of years,” the one-term president replied.

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“I think it’s not appropriate. You want to find a game? It’s on every channel yet you can’t find anything. It’s the weirdest thing. It used to be a nice, easy thing to follow.”

And he added: “Today, you don’t even know what the hell you’re watching”

“I would say boycott baseball, why not? I think what they did was a terrible thing,” he said.

The new law, recently signed by Georgia’s Republican governor Brian Kemp, includes new identification requirements for absentee ballots, limits the use of drop boxes and criminalises giving waiting voters water or food.

It has been harshly criticised by Joe Biden and resulted in a string of lawsuits from civil rights groups.

Major businesses in the state have also added their voices to the widespread criticism of the law, introduced by Republicans after Mr Biden’s win in November and the loss of two US Senate seats in January.

Mr Trump has also called for a boycott of Coca-Cola, after they criticised the law, but was photographed with a secret bottle of the soda apparently hidden behind a telephone on his Mar-a-Lago desk.

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