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Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar defended Major League Baseball’s decision to move its All-Star Game from Georgia over new voting laws by inaccurately saying that the new laws “will restrict people’s ability to vote.”
CNN host Jake Tapper asked Omar if she agreed with Democratic political activist Stacey Abrams, who expressed that while she “respected” boycotts, she did not want “to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs.”
Tapper asked if Omar sided with Abrams, who thinks this decision will disproportionately hurt minorities, or if she sided with the MLB.
“We know that boycotts have allowed for justice to be delivered in many spaces,” Omar responded to Tapper. “The civil rights movement was rooted in boycotts. We know that, you know, apartheid ended in South Africa because of boycotts.”
“And so our hope is that this boycott will result in changes in the law because we understand that when you restrict people’s ability to vote, you create a democracy that isn’t fully functioning for all of us. If we are to continue to be a beacon of hope for all democracies around the world, we must stand our ground,” Omar concluded.