White House opposes DeSantis’ stance against Disney

The White House said on Thursday that it opposes Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plans to dissolve Disney’s more than 50-year-old self-governing status, which was granted after the company openly feuded with Republicans over a state-enacted parental rights statute.

Florida congressional candidate applauds DeSantis just after the legislature passed a bill to strip Disney of self-governing powers.

When asked if DeSantis’ plan to go after the company is a “overstep,” White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration opposes efforts to go after the company over its response to the new law, which she called “just wrong.”

“So, in our view, the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is crystal clear: it is unconstitutional. That is our view: that is wrong “During a voyage to Portland, Oregon, aboard Air Force One, Jean-Pierre said.

“We oppose the governor taking action against a company because it opposes the bill. And we’ll just leave it at that for now; we’re not going to say anything more about it.” She concluded.

Despite the legislative language not including the term gay, opponents of the Florida law nicknamed it the “Don’t Say Gay” measure. Educators are prohibited from teaching children under the age of three about gender identity and sexual orientation under the legislation.

The decision by the Florida legislature to revoke Disney of its special status, which essentially permits the business to self-govern on its enormous site near Orlando, has prompted Jean-comments.

The Florida Senate removed the status on Wednesday, and the Florida House did the same on Thursday. DeSantis is anticipated to sign the bill into law shortly.

Gov. Claude Kirk signed the Reedy Creek Improvement Act into law in May 1967 in response to Disney’s lobbying efforts.

The entertainment conglomerate proposed constructing a recreation-oriented development on 25,000 acres of land in Central Florida’s Orange and Osceola counties, which included 38.5 square miles of mostly empty pasture and swampland.