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Disney faced backlash online Wednesday after news broke that it is trying to get its lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to begin on the same day that the Republican National Convention is set to kickoff next summer.
The left-wing company wants legal proceedings to begin on July 15, 2024, which is the day that the convention begins in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“Sounds like election interference,” said political strategist Giancarlo Sopo.
Sounds like election interference…🤔 https://t.co/byCgJuHqNd
— Giancarlo Sopo (@GiancarloSopo) June 28, 2023
“Disney, the bud light of children’s entertainment, interfering in US elections,” another Twitter user said.
Disney, the bud light of children's entertainment, interfering in US elections. https://t.co/itKTXiKOwd
— Rising serpent 🇺🇸 (@rising_serpent) June 28, 2023
“Disney is attempting to interfere in a US Election,” remarked another.
Disney is attempting to interfere in a US Election https://t.co/gB3oExA6Hu
— Just Mindy 🐊 (@just_mindy) June 28, 2023
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit this week, arguing that the federal court has no jurisdiction over the governor and the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity and that both are protected under Florida’s legislative immunity, according to Yahoo News. Moody also said that the U.S. Constitution’s 11th Amendment shields both from the lawsuit.
If the lawsuit is not dismissed, the governor and presidential candidate’s attorneys are pushing for proceedings to begin on August 4, 2025, a date well after the presidential contest is over, according to a report from the Tallahassee Democrat.
Disney has struggled in recent years and has sought to cast blame on DeSantis.
For example, in May, the company announced that it was not going to build a billion dollar office complex because of “changing business conditions,” leading many in the media to say that Disney was punishing the state of Florida.
Josh D’Amaro, Disney’s theme park and consumer products chairman, announced that the company was pulling the plug on the $1.3 billion Lake Nona Town Center, for which the company was going to relocate approximately 2,000 jobs from liberal Southern California to Orlando, Florida.
“Given the considerable changes that have occurred since the announcement of this project, including new leadership and changing business conditions, we have decided not to move forward with construction of the campus,” D’Amaro wrote in an email to employees. “This was not an easy decision to make, but I believe it is the right one.”
DeSantis press secretary Jeremy Redfern slammed Disney in a statement, saying: “Disney announced the possibility of a Lake Nona campus nearly two years ago. Nothing ever came of the project, and the state was unsure whether it would come to fruition. Given the company’s financial straits, falling market cap and declining stock price, it is unsurprising that they would restructure their business operations and cancel unsuccessful ventures.”
Disney has already laid off 4,000 employees in recent months and has plans to lay off thousands more in the coming months due to the company’s financial struggles.
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