Disney and Florida Republicans have been locked in a battle for weeks, with both sides of the aisle being incredibly outspoken about what is going on. In March, Disney and CEO Bob Chapek spoke out against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill. The backlash to Disney’s comments was swift in Florida. Not long after, Republican lawmakers began to look into repealing the Reedy Creek Improvement Act. A bill quickly came together and was signed into law by Governor DeSantis on April 22.
Since the potential dissolution of Reedy Creek was announced, experts have been questioning the legality of such a move. Florida law says that the district can only be dissolved by a vote of the landowners, but Governor DeSantis has said that the Florida legislature has it all figured out. Now, another notable name is giving his opinion on the matter — President Joe Biden.
While attending several fundraisers last week, Biden took time during his speech to ask why Governor DeSantis was so intent on going after Disney, when many felt Disney simply spoke its mind. According to an article from The Hill:
President Biden criticized Florida Republicans during a pair of fundraisers Thursday for targeting Disney after the company expressed opposition to a new state law restricting discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms.
“I respect conservatives. There’s nothing conservative about deciding you’re going to throw Disney out of its present posture because, Mickey Mouse? In fact, do you think we should not be able to say, you know, ‘gay’?” Biden said during a fundraiser in Seattle Thursday evening.
“I mean, what’s going on here? What the hell is going on? And it’s just, it’s so, I don’t believe it’s where the vast majority of the American people are,” Biden said.
Biden similarly took aim at Republicans in Florida during an earlier fundraiser in Portland, calling the targeting of Disney “ugly.”
This is not the first time that the President has gone after Florida for its controversial bill — which is also being called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. When it was announced that the bill had passed in the Florida House, Biden called the bill hateful.
Biden’s deputy press secretary also made a statement aboard Air Force One, saying that the White House “opposes” Governor DeSantis going after Disney simply because Disney spoke out against a bill. Critics of DeSantis’ actions have said that it is unconscionable (and also possibly unconstitutional) for the state to punish the Walt Disney Company for exercising its First Amendment Right.