Hawley, Cruz, and Lee Seek to Strip MLB of Anti-Trust Exemptions
The party trying to cancel Cancel Culture is now trying to cancel America’s pasttime.
The Trumpian trifecta of Republican Senators Josh Hawley, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz are clapping back at Major League Baseball for moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver in the wake of the new restrictive voting laws passed in Georgia because a simple Twitter boycott just wasn’t sufficient enough to impress the former guy in Florida. The three are taking action amid growing frustrations among Republicans over corporations and sports leagues embracing causes associated with progressives, such as protecting voting rights.
The three called a press conference to announce their new legislation. “This past month, we have seen the rise of the woke corporation. We have seen the rise of big business enforcing a woke standard,” Cruz (Q-TX) told reporters. “They decided to play politics with voting and elections in Georgia.”
Josh Hawley had the audacity to reference “the will of the people” in regards to MLB leaving Georgia over Republican voting restrictions. The truth is that Hawley, Cruz, Trump spread the Big Lie leading to their attempted insurrection. When will they be held accountable? When?
— dylan🇺🇸 (@dylanmsmitty) April 14, 2021
Since 1922, pro baseball has enjoyed certain exemptions from the Sherman Antitrust Act, which broadly bans industries from stifling competition. That Supreme Court ruling has stood for nearly a century, with the most practical impact today being MLB’s control over local markets, team relocation, and ownership.
INBOX: Here's the GOP bill to strip the MLB of anti-trust protections.
In addition to Lee, Hawley, Cruz, Rubio and Blackburn in the Senate, it's cosponsored by 29 House Republicans including Marjorie Taylor Greene & Lauren Boebert. pic.twitter.com/AZ7gL2SB0O
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) April 14, 2021
“It’s important to remember that this exemption was created from whole cloth by the Supreme Court 99 years ago,” Lee said. “It was not put in place legislatively. It is a distinctively legislative decision.”
If Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz had been asked two months ago whether MLB, Coca-Cola, and Delta Airlines had "personhood" and First Amendment rights, the answer would have been, "Of course." What changed? Well, these organization actually exercised said rights.
— Jim Harrold of Omaha (@JimHarroldOmaha) April 13, 2021
The three Senators have shown themselves to be Trump loyalists, with the events of January 6th shining a brighter light on their actions leading up to the insurrection at the Capitol and their subsequent votes to overturn the 2020 Presidential election.
Even more ironic is Trump himself took a swing at the players and the game he once loved. “They’re woke, and woke is not good for our country,” Trump said in a Newsmax interview. “I’m just not very interested in baseball for the last number of years. You want to find a game, it’s on every channel, and yet you can’t find anything,” he explained. “I would say boycott baseball.” This from the guy who bragged he could’ve played the sport professionally, although no statistics support this claim.
It’s unlikely the efforts to strip MLB of its anti-trust protections will be successful, as past attempts have failed. But this is more about the political show being performed for Trump than anything else. Cruz, Hawley, and Lee have behaved well, and Dear Leader will be pleased. “I think people are giving up on baseball anyway,” Trump told Newsmax last week. “I don’t think anybody cares.”
So let's see, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee all opposed #COVID relief, voted against convicting the former guy and oppose pending voting rights legislation. But let MLB move the All-Star game from Georgia and they want to revoke their anti-trust exemption. Priorities.
— W. M. (@Minuteman04) April 13, 2021