On Monday, Ron DeSantis and former president Donald Trump traded jabs on the Republican battle on purportedly “woke” Disney.
The former president retaliated by accusing DeSantis of enabling Disney to swing to the left under his watch after the Florida governor accused him of supporting the media mogul.
He has sided with Disney in our dispute here in Florida. In a Memorial Day appearance on Fox News, DeSantis declared, “I’m standing for parents, I’m standing for kids.
DeSantis was criticized by Trump, even though he concurred that “Disney has become a Woke and Disgusting shadow of its former self.”
That seemed to be a departure from Trump’s earlier claim that the director of “The Little Mermaid” had outwitted DeSantis by withdrawing a $1 billion investment in Florida.
Trump used his preferred moniker for DeSantis to describe the events: “This all happened during the Governorship of “Rob” DeSanctimonious,” he said on his social media platform. He ought to have put an end to it long ago.
Trump suggested that DeSantis could have done better, but he did not specify what he should have done to pressure Disney to follow a more right-wing course.
Would have been simple to accomplish – still is!” the previous leader continued.
Ironically, the verbal spat broke out as Disney celebrated a massive success at the box office with “Mermaid,” which grossed $95.5 million in its first weekend and moved up to No. 5 on the all-time list of Memorial Day weekend debuts.
Since Disney opposed his “Don’t Say Gay” rule, which limited discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools, DeSantis has been at odds with the state’s largest taxpayer.
Disney’s theme park empire in central Florida was governed for years by a quasi-municipality that was disbanded by the governor, who also threatened to erect a prison close to the kid-friendly destination.
Disney retaliated by filing a lawsuit to stop some of DeSantis’ actions, and the company abandoned plans to erect a $1 billion corporate center in Orlando.