- The Washington Times - Friday, April 2, 2021

Donald Trump Jr. has some advice for the Republican Party as another major league sports organization sprints onto the political field of play: “Grow some balls.”

The Republican’s blunt statement comes in the wake of Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game and draft out of Atlanta in response to Georgia’s newly passed election legislation.

“Republicans in Congress should immediately move to repeal the @MLB’s anti-trust exemption,” former President Trump’s son wrote Friday. “Grow some balls and fight fire with fire.”

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred sided with liberal politicians who claim SB 202 is an unconscionable erosion of voting rights instead of measures meant to safeguard election integrity.

“I have decided the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating All-Star game and MLB draft,” Mr. Manfred wrote in a statement.

The commissioner said MLB “opposes restrictions at the ballot box” without acknowledging that some restrictions must exist to guarantee free and fair elections.

The league’s heavy foray into national politics mirrors similar actions taken by the NBA in 2020 during Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests and riots.

President Biden, for instance, has touted both leagues for their activism.

“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that,” Mr. Biden said during a Wednesday appearance on SportsCenter. “People look to them. They’re leaders. Look what’s happened with the NBA, as well.”

Critics have noted that both leagues have actively muted spokespersons and star athletes from taking similar stands on China and its human rights abuses to avoid upsetting business deals.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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