Speaker McCarthy Knocks Florida Gov. DeSantis for Not ‘Sitting Down’ With Woke Disney

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, suggested on Thursday that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida “sit down and negotiate” with Disney to put an end to a political spat.

“Why wouldn’t you sit down, negotiate, and talk?” McCarthy posed the question on Thursday’s episode of “Squawk Box” on CNBC. “Even if there are disputes, there are always solutions to this issue. If you feel that the only course of action is to file a lawsuit, I think it’s not the best place to start looking for a solution.”

Since DeSantis enacted parental rights legislation in March 2022 against Disney’s resistance, the two parties have fought. Disney apparently sought to undercut the Reedy Creek Improvement District through last-minute deals, but DeSantis also supported legislation that terminated Disney’s influence over it.

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On Wednesday, Disney filed a lawsuit against DeSantis for the legislation that removed its authority over the Reedy Creek Improvement District. After allegedly attempting to sabotage the legislation DeSantis signed, the corporation filed the lawsuit.

This company employs a lot of people in Florida. McCarthy said, “I believe the governor ought to have a meeting with them. “I don’t believe it is a good idea to construct a jail near to a location where you bring your family. I believe you would do better if you sat down and resolved the issues.

On April 17, when he unveiled legislation to thwart Disney’s attempts to preserve control of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, DeSantis broached the notion of constructing a jail close to Disney’s amusement parks, according to the Guardian.

Nikki Haley, a Republican presidential contender, also criticized DeSantis by speculating that Disney could want to relocate to South Carolina, her home state.

McCarthy also offered guidance to Bob Iger, the head of Disney.

McCarthy said, “At the same time, if you’re going to be a significant employer within this state, you should also follow the laws, run your business, and don’t think you should get into politics.”

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