Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gave pause to those who thought well of Major League Baseball’s decision to make a “moral” move away from the city of Atlanta, Georgia because of a recent change in voter laws.
Rubio, a Republican, former presidential candidate, and the son of Cuban immigrants, penned a letter to Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred on Monday following the announcement on Friday that the league would move their All-Star game from Atlanta.
The Florida senator called out the “hypocrisy,” of the league claiming they want the Republican-backed election law revised when they still have close working relationships with communist regimes in China and Cuba.
“I write to ask you whether you intend to maintain your membership at Augusta National Golf Club,” Rubio began. “As you are well aware, the exclusive members-only club is located in the State of Georgia.
“Last week, you ‘decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocatingthisyear’sAll-StarGame” from Atlanta because of Georgia’s revised election law. It is a decision that will have a bigger impact on countless small and minority-owned businesses in and around Atlanta than the new election law ever will. And one that reeks of hypocrisy.”
The Florida senator didn’t pull any punches, he asked, seemingly rhetorically if the MLB planed to now “ end its engagement with nations that do not hold elections at all like China and Cuba?”
“Will you end your lucrative financial relationship with Tencent, a company with deep ties to the Communist Party and actively helps the Chinese Government hunt down and silence political dissidents?”
Rubio blasted the MLB for their eagerness to use their “platform” o demonstrate “unwavering support” for fundamental human rights while at the same time continuing their relationship with the Chinese Government “which at this very moment is committing genocide against the Uyghurs Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).”
The Washington Free Beacon noted in their report on the spat that, the league “has a streaming deal with Tencent, a Chinese tech supergiant accused of leading a large-scale crackdown on political freedom in China, including the freedoms of Uighur Muslims.” MLB has also reportedly “inked deals with the Castro regime in Cuba, allowing an exhibition game between the Cuban national team and Tampa Bay Rays in 2016, as well as an agreement allowing Cuban baseball players to sign with MLB teams without defecting from their home country.”
While the Florida senator was unrelenting in his accusations against the organization, he continued his letter with disappointment saying, “I am, of course, under no expectation any of this will happen. Taking the All-Star game out of Georgia is an easy way to signal virtues without significant financial fallout. But speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party would involve a significant loss of revenue and being closed out of a lucrative market.
“In the end, as a citizen of a free nation you, and Major League Baseball, have the right to speak out against laws in the U.S. you disagree with, even if it is on the basis of false information. What would be truly bold, however, is if you would speak out on behalf of the voiceless who face arbitrary imprisonment, forced sterilization, coerced abortions, rape, and other horrific acts at the hands of one of your business partners. I am under no illusion that Major League Baseball will sacrifice business revenue on behalf of its alleged corporate values.”
Rubio’s scathing diatribe against the MLB ended with an assault on their character saying, “Similarly, I am under no illusion you intend to resign as a member from Augusta National Golf Club. To do so would require a personal sacrifice, as opposed to the woke corporate virtue signaling of moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta.”