President Biden mocked Governor Ron DeSantis for targeting Disney over its opposition to the Parental Rights in Education bill on Wednesday.
Biden and his team apparently fear DeSantis, the rising star whom many believe has the greatest chance of taking back the White House for the GOP in 2024, as they have targeted him for months.
On Wednesday, Biden jeered as he spoke before LGBTQ supporters, “I don’t have to tell you about the ultra-MAGA agenda, attacking families and our freedoms. Three hundred discriminatory bills introduced in states across this country… In Texas, knocking on front doors to harass and investigate parents who are raising transgender children. In Florida going after Mickey Mouse for God’s sake.”
“That’s striking close to home,” Biden taunted.
In late March, DeSantis slammed Disney during a Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson.
“Well, this bill is about providing protections so that they know they can send their young kids to school without them being sexualized, without a school telling a young girl, for example, that she may really be a boy. And if schools are trying to do things that impact the health and well-being of the kids and they’re — they’re undertaking certain services, that parents have a right to know that and provide consent for it,” DeSantis stated.
“So, this is a real bill that empowers parents, it protects our kids. And for a company like Disney to say that this bill should have never passed — first of all, Tucker, they weren’t saying anything when it was going through the House. They only started doing this because the mob, the woke mob came after them,” he added.
“But put that aside,” DeSantis continued, “for them to say that them as a California-based company are going to work to take those California values and overturn a law that was duly enacted and, as you said, supported by a strong majority of Floridians, they don’t run this state. They will never run this state as long as I’m governor.”
Last August, Biden snidely responded, “Governor Who?” when asked about DeSantis. DeSantis quipped, “I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me; I guess the question is, what else has he forgotten?”
In February 2021, DeSantis reacted harshly to speculation that the Biden administration might institute travel restrictions on the state. McClatchy had reported, “The Biden administration is considering whether to impose domestic travel restrictions, including on Florida, fearful that coronavirus mutations are threatening to reverse hard-fought progress on the pandemic.”
DeSantis fired: “I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust,” adding that “restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our country while allowing illegal aliens to pour across the southern border unmolested would be a ridiculous, but very damaging farce.”
During a Fox News town hall in July 2021, DeSantis slammed Biden over his posture on Cuba, saying, “Step up and be on the side of freedom. The Internet access is something we have the capability of doing. We have companies in the U.S. that want to do it, but they need the OK of the federal government. He has it within his authority to do that. He could make it happen.”
In August 2021, after Biden ripped DeSantis’ by telling him to “get out of the way” vis-à-vis the coronavirus pandemic, DeSantis fired back, “So I think the question is, we can either have a free society, or we can have a biomedical security state. And I can tell you, Florida, we’re a free state, people are going to be free to choose, to make their own decisions about themselves, about their families, about their kid’s education, and about putting food on the table. And Joe Biden suggests that if you don’t do lockdown policies, then you should quote, ‘get out of the way.’ But let me tell you this, if you’re coming after the rights of parents in Florida, I’m standing in your way, I’m not going to let you get away with it.”
“If you’re trying to deny kids a proper in person education, I’m gonna stand in your way and I’m gonna stand up for the kids in Florida,” DeSantis continued. “If you’re trying to restrict people, impose mandates, if you’re trying to ruin their jobs and their livelihoods and their small business, if you are trying to lock people down, I am standing in your way and I’m standing for the people of Florida.”
“So why don’t you do your job? Why don’t you get this border secure?” DeSantis added. “And until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you. Thank you.”
Last November, DeSantis trolled Biden by signing bills against vaccine mandates at a site in Brandon, Florida.
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