The Disney vs. DeSantis feud is heating up.
Disney CEO Bob Iger escalated the war of words with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week by hinting Disney World may drop plans to speculate $17 billion and create 13,000 new jobs over the subsequent decade.
“Does the state need us to speculate extra, make use of extra folks and pay more taxes or not?” Iger mentioned Wednesday throughout a name with traders.
Iger’s feedback echoed statements he made final month throughout a Disney shareholders assembly wherein he accused Florida of being “anti-business.”
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Disney sued DeSantis and different authorities officers final month, accusing them of retaliating in opposition to the corporate for partaking in exercising its constitutional rights final 12 months when it criticized a Florida regulation that bars classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identification.
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DeSantis, who is anticipated to problem former President and presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for the GOP nomination in 2024, countersued.
“I believe the case that we filed final month made our place and the information very clear and that’s actually that that is about one factor and one factor solely, and that’s retaliating in opposition to us for taking a place about pending laws,” Iger mentioned this week.
Throughout a press convention on a latest journey to Israel, he mentioned the Disney lawsuit had no benefit and was politically motivated, including that Disney was simply upset that it has to “dwell by the identical guidelines as all people else.”
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Beneath earlier Disney CEO Bob Chapek, Disney spoke out in opposition to a Florida regulation critics dubbed “Don’t Say Homosexual.”
DeSantis responded by signing laws that stripped Disney of the fitting to control the land that features Disney World.
The laws additionally overhauled the governing board overseeing Disney World’s 27,000-acre property outdoors Orlando to present the Florida governor the fitting to select the 5 supervisors who oversee it.
Disney then handed restrictive covenants that disadvantaged the brand new board of its energy for many years, angering DeSantis who recommended Florida might build a state prison next to Disney World.
“Disney’s sloppy and futile try and subvert the need of the Legislature and Floridians was uncovered by our state oversight board and their eleventh hour agreements shall be nullified by the Legislature,” DeSantis tweeted final month. “Disney’s company kingdom is over.”
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Some GOP leaders warn that DeSantis’ feud with Disney is not resonating with the American public.
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Trump referred to as the feud “a political stunt.” “Disney’s subsequent transfer would be the announcement that no extra money shall be invested in Florida due to the Governor – In reality, they might even announce a sluggish withdrawal or sale of sure properties, or the entire thing. Watch!” Trump mentioned on Fact Social final month.
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has expressed concern that the feud might scare off companies desirous about doing enterprise within the Sunshine State. Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has recommended DeSantis negotiate with Disney.
“Why wouldn’t you sit down and negotiate and discuss? If there’s variations, you possibly can at all times discover methods you can resolve this downside,” McCarthy mentioned final month on CNBC.
A Yahoo Information/YouGov ballot discovered that most Americans are more concerned with inflation, the debt ceiling, border safety, racism and abortion restrictions than “wokeness.”