Ron DeSantis promises ’round 2′ in fight with Disney

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More 'fireworks' are coming next week, DeSantis said in Ohio.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is telling Ohio Republicans that he’s ready for more conflict with The Walt Disney Co. starting next week.

“They’re fighting us on this. The media’s acting like Disney getting out from under. No, it’s not going to happen. We’ll have news on that next week. So stay tuned. There will be round two in terms of those fireworks.

DeSantis made the remarks Thursday at the Butler County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, the latest salvo in a protracted conflict with the company.

In Ocala earlier this month, DeSantis was similarly defiant in the wake of Disney’s old governing board, the Reedy Creek Improvement District, approving long-term deals stripping the state-controlled board of its power in the wake of the Legislature establishing the DeSantis-loyal Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

“There will be additional legislative action taken in Tallahassee that will nullify what they tried to do at the eleventh hour and then potentially arm the board with the ability to make sure that this is run appropriately,” DeSantis said.

“We need to make sure that people understand whether you’re an individual or you’re a corporation that you don’t get to play by your own rules.”

He offered similar warnings in Michigan at Hillsdale College during a political event earlier this month.

“We’re not just going to void the development agreement they tried to do. We’re going to look at things, like taxes on the hotels, we’re going to look at things like tolls on the roads, we’re going to look at things like developing some of the property that the district owns,” DeSantis said.

“They are not superior to the people of Florida. So come hell or high water, we’re going to make sure that the policy of Florida carries the day. And so, they can keep trying to do things. But ultimately, we’re going to win on every single issue involving Disney, I can tell you that.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Earl Pitts American

    April 13, 2023 at 8:39 pm

    Good evening America,
    Ding Ding Ding Round 2!!!!!!!
    Let the non-trans bikini lady walk around the fight ring holding up the Round 2 sign!!!
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Tom

      April 13, 2023 at 9:07 pm

      👆 Report this neo nazi troll for vandalizing the website with stupidity.

  • Corruption in Florida

    April 13, 2023 at 8:42 pm

    DeSantis got knocked out in round one. He’ll get knocked out in round two in by 2024 he will be the most irrelevant politician. And he’ll be lucky if he gets a job with a law firm. . he wasn’t very well liked in school, and he’s been known to be a narcissist.

    • Bruce

      April 14, 2023 at 11:38 am

      Not a fan of critical thinking I see.

  • tom palmer

    April 13, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    Until he offers something more detailed than the hot air he is spewing on the GOP rubber chicken circuit, I don’t know how anyone can take any these rants seriously.

    • Charles Courtney

      April 14, 2023 at 3:33 pm

      Yes, and Disney has yet to play the freedom of speech card. Furthermore, any legislation aimed at penalizing Disney will be closely scrutinized by the very competent Disney lawyers to see if it violates the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on a bill of attainder.

  • Whistle boy

    April 13, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    I hope Disney shoves that mouse so far up Ron’s £¥£ that he starts whistling steamboat willie lol

  • Bert Stimson

    April 13, 2023 at 11:46 pm

    Which Disney villain best matches Lil Ronnie D? I think Governor Ratcliff from Pocahontas is the obvious choice.

    “ This is my land, I make the laws here, and I say anyone who so much as looks at an Indian without killing him on sight will be tried for treason and hanged.”

  • LandShark

    April 14, 2023 at 9:08 am

    I’d like to know why places like The Villages that operate under “reedy creek laws” aren’t being attacked. Little Ronnie (or should that be Benito) says it’s not political, after all.

    • Rob Desantos

      April 14, 2023 at 2:11 pm

      Because The Villages is full of Republican voters (including multiple double-voting Trump lovers)

  • Tom

    April 14, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    To quote Mike Tyson, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face and I guess rotten ron just got punched in the mouth.

    Mouse 1 – Rotten Ron 0

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