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Omar falsely states that new Georgia voting laws ‘will restrict people’s ability to vote’

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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.

Tapper then noted that Georgia, even with the new voting laws, is still more open compared to other states such as New York that have fewer early voting options.

“Should every state be reexamining their voting laws?” Tapper asked.

“They certainly should be,” Omar said. “It is really important that every single state reexamine their voting laws and make sure that voting is accessible to everyone. It’s also going to be really important for us to continue to push H.R. 1, which makes it accessible nationwide and strengthens our democracy.”

Watch the interview here.

The MLB announced Friday that it would be moving the All Star Game out of Atlanta over Georgia’s new election law. Democrats have criticized the new laws, saying its comparable to Jim Crow laws. Former President Donald Trump has called for a boycott of the MLB in response.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Kamala Harris Loses Two More Staffers

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Two more staffers are reportedly leaving their jobs in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, according to the Washington Post. The news comes just after Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, announced her departure.

“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.

In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.

“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”

The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”

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