'We Were Robbed': RNC Releases MLB All-Star Ad Saying Democrats Lied About Georgia Voting Law

The Republican National Committee (RNC) will air an ad during Major League Baseball's (MLB) All-Star Game arguing that Democrats and corporations "stole" the event after lying about Georgia's new voting law.

The 30-second clip, narrated by Georgia Reverend Melvin Everson, also highlights the economic impact of the move—which has been reported to cost the Peach State roughly $100 million.

"This was supposed to be Atlanta's night, but we were robbed," Everson says in the video. "Democrats stole our All-Star Game to push their divisive political agenda."

The ad will air Tuesday on Fox during the All-Star Game, coverage of which begins at 7 p.m. ET. The ad will also be played on MSNBC, CNN and Fox Atlanta.

The event was originally scheduled to take place at Truist Park, home to the Atlanta Braves. But uproar over Georgia's recently passed laws that placed new restrictions on voting prompted the league to change venues.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced in April the decision to move the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Manfred said the move was the "best way to demonstrate our values as a sport" after consulting with teams as well as former and current players.

"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box," Manfred said in a statement.

RNC Releases MLB All-Star Ad
The 2021 MLB All-Star Game logo is displayed at Coors Field on July 7, 2021, in Denver, Colorado. The Republican National Committee will air an ad during the game arguing that Democrats and corporations “stole” the event after lying about Georgia’s new voting law. Kyle Cooper/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images

The Georgia law—S.B. 202—was passed by the Republican-led legislature and signed by Governor Brian Kemp in late March.

The law restricts ballot drop-box use, places new voter ID requirements on the use of absentee ballots, shortens the time period for requesting a mailed ballot and gives the state legislature more control over how elections are administered. It also makes it a crime for anyone to distribute water or food to people waiting in line at polling places.

The changes were heavily criticized by Democrats, voting rights activists and corporations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Coca-Cola, Delta and more.

Last month, the Department of Justice announced it was suing Georgia over the election law. Attorney General Merrick Garland alleged that it violates the Voting Rights Act's protections for minority voters.

Kemp and other leading Republicans have repeatedly argued that the voting changes have been misrepresented by Democrats.

"Politicians and corporations lied, while Black communities got hurt the most. Even though a majority of Black voters support laws like voter ID," the RNC ad says. "To Democrats, it's just a game. But we're the ones who got played."