Gov. DeSantis may yank Disney’s self-governing status over the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ squabble

At a press conference on Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida intensified his campaign against Disney, vowing to punish one of the state’s largest employers for criticizing the anti-gay bill he enacted this week.

In Florida, Disney is essentially free to run its government. DeSantis has threatened to withhold those privileges if the large Florida employer opposes his “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

DeSantis stated, “Disney has alienated a lot of people now.” “As a result, I believe the political power they used to have has waned.” So, why would you wish to have unique legal advantages in the first place? “And I don’t believe we should.”

The Governor has been at odds with his state’s largest employer over the “Parental Rights in Education” bill, which prevents instructors from discussing LGBTQ themes with pupils unless they are in fourth grade or higher.

He signed the bill last week, forcing Disney to issue a statement promising to fight it in court.

DeSantis told reporters in West Palm Beach on Thursday that “Disney has alienated a lot of folks.” “As a result, I believe the political power they used to have has waned.” So, why would you wish to have special legal advantages in the first place?”

DeSantis accused Disney of attempting to “impose a woke ideology” on his state during an appearance on Fox News’ morning show Fox & Friends on Friday.

Disney should be stopped, he argued, since if it continues “unabated,” it will “destroy” the country.

The Reedy Creek Improvement District, a semi-private, independent governance entity managed by Disney, was established in 1967 in Florida. It provided the corporation the authority to approve theme park construction projects as well as build and manage the infrastructure required to support its operations.

The district was also given the authority to raise its taxes, which it could then use to fund public services and road and bridge maintenance. If the Republican-led state legislature repeals the statute, Orange and Osceola counties in central Florida will regulate Disney World and all of its properties.