“Boycott baseball and all the woke up companies that are disrupting free and fair elections,” urged the former president, adding, “Baseball is already losing an enormous number of fans, and now they are leaving Atlanta with their all-star game because of it they are “afraid of the radical left-wing democrats.”
The move could perhaps also be seen as a general setback for critics of both parties, who would prefer Trump to play a more low-profile public role rather than publicly contesting the 2020 election results.
President Joe Biden narrowly won Georgia in the 2020 election, a result that Trump repeatedly tried to undo – and told Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, “I want only 11,780 votes” – or one more, on a taped phone call when he lost the state through.
At the Walker rally in Perry, Georgia in September, he told the crowd, “We are going to fire your ultra-left Senator Raphael Warnock and elect the great Herschel Walker to the US Senate. … and cheated in our elections, and that is what they did here in Georgia. “
The World Series Braves Astros Game 4 at Truist Park is the latest chapter in a complicated relationship between the sport and the former president: Trump, in particular, withdrew from the opening game at a Yankees home game in the summer of 2020, and made an appearance heavily touted, “Because of my strong focus on the China virus, including scheduled meetings on vaccines, our economy, and more.”
In his brief, tweet-like statement on Saturday, Trump called both the Braves and Astros “two great teams” and thanked Rob Manfred, MLB commissioner, and Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees, for the invitation.
“I look forward to being at the World Series in Atlanta tonight,” Trump said in the statement, adding that Melania, his wife, would join him. Later, Melania also made the chop, standing next to her husband in an open-air suite. Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows appeared in attendance, and Walker was also in attendance, USA Today reported.
Trump had previously seen the Astros play against the Washington Nationals in the 2019 World Series, despite the then-president being booed loudly in Nationals Park.
The former president has also tried his hand at other sports fans lately. Commenting on a celebrity boxing match marking the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that year, he weighed down the match between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort.
Atlanta is no stranger to the intersection of baseball and politics. Manfred is already under fire this week for defending the name of the Braves, which is based on a term for an Indian warrior, and the gesture “Tomahawk Chop”. Other teams whose names are rooted in Native American imagery, such as the Cleveland Guardians (formerly Native Americans), have made the change.
“The Braves have done a phenomenal job with the Native American community,” said Manfred.
The National Congress of American Indians replied, “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Trump recently stepped in to denounce the Cleveland Guardians’ decision to change their name from the Indians, saying it was “disrespectful”.