The White House tried to cut back President Joe Biden’s support for the All-Star game’s withdrawal from Georgia, as Republicans have complained that it was a victim of the “ awake crowd. ”
“ He didn’t dictate what Major League Baseball should do … dictate that they move the All-Star Game, that was their decision, they made that decision and, as he said before, he certainly supports that, ” said press secretary Jen Psaki. said during Monday’s briefing.
Biden was asked last week during a sit-down with ESPN’s Sage Steele what his thoughts were about the possibility that the All-Star Game could be moved.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” Biden replied. ‘I would strongly support them to do that. People watch them. They are leaders. ‘
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that President Joe Biden did not “ dictate ” that the All-Star Game be pulled out of Atlanta, but that he supported Major League Baseball “ in order to make the decision. ”
In an interview with ESPN’s Sage Steele (left) last week, President Joe Biden (right) was asked about the possible All-Star Game relocation from Georgia. ‘I think today’s top athletes act incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them in this, ”he said
SAVED BY THE ROLL: Psaki was questioned about an incorrect statement Biden made about the Geogia Voting Law when a female Easter bunny appeared at the end of Monday’s press conference to mark the day that the Easter Egg Roll would have been
On Friday, MLB announced that the game would no longer be held in Atlanta.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports the right to vote for all Americans and opposes restrictions on the ballot box,” said Commissioner Rob Manfred.
Since then, Georgian Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and other prominent GOP officials, such as Senator Ted Cruz and Newt Gingrich, have complained that it was a victim of ‘waking up’ and canceling the culture.
Senator Marco Rubio wrote to Manfred asking if he intended to keep his membership with Augusta, suggesting it would be hypocritical for him to remain a member of the private golf club while pulling the All-Star Game out of the state of Georgia .
During Monday’s briefing, Psaki reread ESPN’s Steele’s question on Wednesday and then Biden’s answer.
She denied trying to reverse what was widely interpreted as an endorsement of the upcoming move.
“I try to make clear to everyone what he said and the context of his comments, the question that was asked and the full scope of his answer,” Psaki explained. “And I don’t think it’s anyone to blame for repeating a little bit without the full context.”
The press secretary said Biden “supports them in making the decision.”
“And respond to what the players are asking, as many of them are of course affected by these laws,” Psaki continued.
Psaki said the White House would not advocate for specific boycotts or relocations, as she was asked about the upcoming Masters tournament – which will also be played in Georgia – and events in other states that may be considering laws to restrict voting.
“That’s not something we’re asking from the White House,” she said. “Our focus is on working with Congress to enact voting rights legislation, working with leaders such as Stacey Abrams and others advocating for more comprehensive laws.”
Abrams, a voting rights activist who ran for governor of Georgia and lost in 2018, wrote in an op-ed last week that corporate boycotts in Georgia can be premature and negatively impact working people.
When asked on Monday if Biden was considering the financial damage of pulling the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Psaki replied, “Again, he did an interview … he answered the question.”
The White House’s decision not to rely on Biden’s first indication of support for moving the game is in stark contrast to the Democrat’s predecessor, who was happy to participate in the culture war.
When sports teams acted too “ awake, ” President Donald Trump would make a showing – including not inviting the Philadelphia Eagles out of the White House, to have a patriotic event on the South Lawn instead, or to be vice-president. President Mike Pence out of an Indianapolis Colts. game after players knelt while playing the national anthem.
Psaki also wouldn’t say Biden misrepresented himself when he overturned Georgia voting law at his first official press conference in late March, saying the law stopped voting at 5 p.m.
That statement earned him ‘Four Pinocchiosfrom The Washington Post.
The law stipulates that the voting ends at 7 p.m. and that people in line can still fill in their ballots.
Republicans have complained that the uproar about Georgian law is unfair because aspects of it actually create more opportunities to vote.
Rather than acknowledge Biden’s lie, Psaki told reporters, “I think it’s important to report on all the components that make it more difficult to vote in the package, in the legislation.”
That was Psaki’s last question before a burglary by the Easter Bunny, this lady rabbit played by press officer Meghan Hays.
Instead of the traditional Easter Egg Roll, the White House had a male Easter bunny appear on the Truman balcony on Monday with Biden and first lady Jill Biden to deliver a holiday message.
Then a second rabbit crashed into Psaki’s press conference.