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DeSantis’ War With Disney Heats Up!    

DeSantis’ War With Disney Heats Up!    

Floundering Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis’ ongoing battle with Disney got a bit more intense last week.

DeSantis asked a federal judge to throw out Disney’s First Amendment lawsuit, calling it meritless and “a last-ditch effort to reinstate its corporate kingdom.”

“Although Disney has grabbed headlines by suing the Governor, Disney — like many litigants before it who have challenged Florida’s laws — has no basis for doing so,” DeSantis’ motion said.

For its part, Disney filed counterclaims that included asking a state court to declare the original agreements between the company and the state that gave Disney autonomous control over the area of its theme parks valid and enforceable. The company amended those counterclaims last week, saying the now DeSantis-controlled district was in violation of the U.S. Constitution stipulations on contracts and due process.

The war between the House of Mouse and DeSantis started last year when Disney publicly opposed a state law banning classroom lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity in early grades, and DeSantis retaliated by taking over the governing district that provides municipal services for the 25,000-acre Disney World theme park resort in Florida.

DeSantis and Maher Trade Jabs

Meanwhile, the Florida governor got into a heated on-air tussle with Bill Maher. The liberal-leaning host said that DeSantis is foolish to be running now because he is so much younger than either Biden or Trump. He has decades where he could run clean and not in Trump’s shadow.

“You could run for the next 20 years. If you were Biden, the next 40,” Maher quipped. “Why run against Trump? You’re trying to thread this needle that will never happen. You can’t disavow him because that’s the base, and yet you’re running against him. And that’s why, I mean, let’s face it, Ron, if the campaign was going well, you wouldn’t be on this show.”

“Oh, that’s not true,” DeSantis reacted. “One: I don’t think he can win the election. I could win the election. Two: I don’t think he could actually get the job done that we need to do, For example, COVID. I think we need accountability for what this government did to this country with the COVID restrictions, mandates and lockdowns. Donald Trump is not gonna do that… He’s not going to clean house at CDC, NIH, FDA. I will do that. I will get the job done.”

While DeSantis is maintaining his lead among his non-Trump rivals, he has lost a lot of ground over the course of the year, peaking at over 30% support in March. Despite his absence from the debates so far, Trump has kept his commanding lead, averaging roughly 58% support.

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  1. JoeyP

    Oh, how the PERVERTS are coming out of the CLOSET! . . . It’s HIGH TIME that Disney “cleans up” it’s ACT.

  2. frank stetson

    Disney dropped all charges except one around September 7th, not sure where Bill is coming from here.

    The only case from Disney, in federal court, targets DeSantis and his allies for retaliating against Disney through weaponized political power for merely exercising First Amendment rights to free speech.

    Desantis/Florida is still countersuing Disney at the State level by the governing district now, DeSantis controlled, to void prior agreements that shifted control over design and construction to Disney from the district and prohibited the district from using the likeness of Disney characters or other intellectual property without Disney’s permission. Disney has countered the countersuit with counterclaims to resume the agreements as valid and enforceable adding recently that the DeSantis-controlled district violated the U.S. Constitution for contracts and due process.

    So basically, thanks to the blood feud fostered by DeSantis, Disney moved much of the argument from the Federal to the State.

    IMO, Disney is an asset and this ass DeSantis has already lost the nomination so why fuck Florida over attacking the company which will probably bring more national exposure in a bad way? Why attack the guys employing 75,000 Floridians and over 35,000,000 tourists a year. Wouldn’t a prudent politician and businessman have settled this long ago?

    Meanwhile, I am continually impressed by Disney programming which may be woke, but I say in a subtle non-overbearing way, that should not knot anyone’s knickers. The Wonder Years, directed by Fred Savage, but now a black family in Mobile, Alabama. It’s great, shows a interesting black experience, in a heartwarming and funny fashion without stereotypes, without beating you over the head about it. It ain’t Sandford and Son, the Jeffersons, or that other stereotype-setting-sitcom. I think it takes some bravery to produce shows like this. They do a similar thing for Chinese Americans with American Born Chinese which we love too. The thing is, they don’t have to do this, they can’t be fantastic over-the-top money makers, but they seem to do it because it’s a good thing, the right thing to do. Let’s all walk a mile in the other guy’s shoes without beating you over the head about it.

    I applaud almost everything Disney and think they are a great American asset that Florida is just fucking lucky to have. But DeSantis will shit where he eats if he thinks it will give him a bump that, at this point, does not matter for at least five years.