Disney sues DeSantis, claiming he weaponized government power | Semafor
DeSantis, a likely 2024 GOP presidential candidate, has publicly criticized Disney since last year, when Disney’s then-CEO criticized the Florida education law that critics called the “Don’t say gay” bill.
Since then, DeSantis and other conservative allies have branded the company as “Woke Disney” and he’s sought punitive measures against it.
“We’ll make sure that we keep them in their pen, one way or another,” DeSantis said last week.
Recently, he half-jokingly floated the idea of building a state prison on state-controlled land located near Disney World.
On Wednesday, the oversight board voted to nullify two development deals that would allow Disney to expand on the land around the park — despite past maneuvers from Disney to limit the board’s power for years.
“Today’s action is the latest strike,” the lawsuit states. “Disney finds itself in this regrettable position because it expressed a viewpoint the Governor and his allies did not like.”