Republicans in Florida are betting big on opposing LGBTQ equality as Gov. Ron DeSantis wages war on Disney World for protesting the GOP's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill.
On Thursday, the Florida House followed the state Senate in revoking Disney's special tax district.
"The Walt Disney Company, a longtime engine of Florida's economy, now finds itself in a disorienting position: Enemy of Florida's governor Ron DeSantis. And let's be clear about the root cause: Resistance to LGBTQ equality," CNN's Brian Stelter reported Thursday. "It is a conservative backlash to growing acceptance of gay and transgender people, with entire networks and websites programming to a fear that conservative beliefs are being trampled on."
Attorney Tristan Snell, who prosecuted Trump University, noted the attacks are QAnon-adjacent.
Ron DeSantis\u2019s attempt to cancel Disney would mean $2 BILLION of debt being loaded onto Orlando area taxpayers \u2014 $2,200 per family. \n\nDeSantis has declared war on Orlando and on Florida\u2019s economy \u2014 just to score points with QAnon radicals.— Tristan Snell (@Tristan Snell) 1650559718
Writing in The Washington Post, Greg Sargent said DeSantis signing the bill will "point to a potential future Republican Party that envisions an expanded use of state power to fight the culture wars in a much broader and more pernicious sense."
On Thursday, Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez went on Newsmax to complain about Disney, which she publicly accused of "indoctrinating" and "sexualizing children."
After saying Disney is "indoctrinating" and "sexualizing children" with its "not secret agenda," Florida's lt. guv says we "want to make sure that we’re protecting the interests of Floridians, not necessarily of woke corporations that take their marching orders from Burbank" pic.twitter.com/SVXKYF66VD
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) April 21, 2022