Bear in mind Ron DeSantis’s ridiculous battle in opposition to Disney? It’s been a minute, so right here’s a fast refresher: After Disney spoke out in opposition to the Florida governor’s bigoted “Don’t Say Homosexual” regulation final yr, DeSantis misplaced his thoughts and dissolved the corporate’s self-governing standing, forcing it to, amongst different issues, pay extra taxes. Shortly thereafter, he put in 5 handpicked people to Disney’s new oversight board, together with a man who had reportedly taught a faux historical past class during which he claimed Irish immigrants have been enslaved in America. Later, he threatened to additional punish the corporate by means of any array of absurd measures, together with constructing a jail advanced subsequent to the Florida theme park.
In the end, Disney determined it had had sufficient of this petty tyrant, and sued DeSantis and members of his administration, alleging a “focused marketing campaign of presidency retaliation” for “expressing a political viewpoint unpopular with sure state officers.” That lawsuit is presently pending, but such particulars didn’t cease the Florida governor and 2024 presidential hopeful from claiming in a current interview that not solely had he “gained” the battle in opposition to the corporate, however—look forward to it—his marketing campaign of retribution had mainly saved America.
That’s proper: Talking with Household Chief president and CEO Bob Vander Plaats, DeSantis declared, “Quite a lot of these previous guard Republicans have been telling me that someway Disney, after they name the photographs, you simply bought to bend the knee…. We fought again in opposition to Disney, we had a giant battle with them, and we gained the battle in opposition to Disney.” He added: “I’ll inform you, the truth that we have been prepared to face as much as [Disney], that had reverberations throughout this nation. As a result of I believe you do have some CEOs that they’re not essentially purchased into this agenda, but it surely’s the trail of least resistance…. Now they will say, Properly, gee, I don’t need to find yourself like Disney. Folks might combat again from the best now. So I believe we helped type of refocus enterprise and America in a greater method. I believe it was going off the rails.”
It’s not clear what DeSantis thinks his embarrassing feud with one of many largest employers in central Florida has finished to assist the nation, but it surely’s not stunning that he’d favor to concentrate on his combat with Mouse City as a substitute of, say, his ballot numbers, that are very a lot in the bathroom.