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Disney is escalating its beef with Ron DeSantis … it’s now suing Florida’s Governor for what Disney claims is a targeted campaign of retaliation, and one that’s hurting the company’s bottom line.
The Walt Disney Co. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against DeSantis, ripping the Republican presidential hopeful as being “patently retaliatory, anti-business, and patently unconstitutional.”
In the suit, Disney claims DeSantis is waging a “relentless campaign to weaponize government power” to punish Disney’s political views … with Disney saying the Governor’s actions are now threatening its business, jeopardizing its economic future in Florida and violating its constitutional rights.
Disney says it regrets having to sue DeSantis, but the company says he gave them no choice … pointing out DeSantis recently talked publicly about wanting to tax the hell out of Disney and build a state prison next to Walt Disney World.
In the suit, Disney says it’s being “forced to defend itself against a State weaponizing its power to inflict political punishment” … with Disney claiming DeSantis is orchestrating a retaliation campaign against the company simply because Disney “expressed an opinion with which the government disagreed.”
Although the suit references the “government” in several places, Disney is not suing the state of Florida.
Remember … the beef started when Disney came out in opposition to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, which DeSantis has championed. DeSantis then started targeting Disney’s special tax district, which has essentially allowed Disney to self-govern in Florida since the 1960s.
Disney says the lawsuit is a response to DeSantis’ hand-picked board of supervisors moving to undo a recent development deal Disney struck to strip the board’s power over WDW.
Disney’s asking the court to rule the board’s attempt to void the development deal as unlawful.