The news that Disney is attempting to have its lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis start on the same day that the RNC is scheduled to begin next summer sparked outrage online this week.
The left-wing business has requested for the legal process to start on July 15, 2024, the same day that the convention kicks off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Political analyst Giancarlo Sopo remarked, “This sounds to me like election interference.”
Another person on Twitter wrote, “Disney, bud light of kid’s entertainment, meddling in US elections.”
Another person said, “Disney is trying to meddle in a US Election.”
According to Yahoo News, Florida AG Ashley Moody submitted a move to dismiss the complaint this week, claiming that Florida’s legislative immunity protects both its governor and the state’s Dept. of Economic Opportunity and establishing that the federal court possesses no jurisdiction over either. The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, according to Moody, protects both from the lawsuit.
According to a source from the Tallahassee Democrat, if the case is not thrown out the governor along with the presidential candidate’s lawyers are asking for hearings to start on August 4, 2025, a date far after the presidential election has concluded.
Disney has tried to blame DeSantis for its problems in recent years.
For instance, when the corporation stated in May that it would not proceed with the construction of a $1 billion office building due to “altering business conditions,” numerous people in the media said that Disney was trying to punish the state of Florida.
The $1.3 billion Lake Nona Town Center, which was where the business was planning to move around 2,000 employees from liberal Southern California to the Florida city of Orlando, has been abandoned, according to Josh D’Amaro, head of Disney’s amusement parks and consumer goods.
In an email to staff members, D’Amaro stated, “Given the significant changes that have transpired since the launch of this project, including new management and changing business circumstances, we have chosen not to continue through with the campus’ development. Despite the fact that it was difficult, I think this choice is the right one.”
Disney was criticized by DeSantis spokesperson Jeremy Redfern in a statement, which read: “Disney disclosed the potential for a Lake Nona facility almost two years ago. The project never materialized, and the state was dubious if it would succeed. It is hardly a surprise that the corporation would change its business affairs and abandon failing endeavors given its dire financial situation, dwindling market cap, and decreasing stock price.”
Due to its financial difficulties, Disney has gone ahead and laid off 4,000 employees and expects to do the same with thousands more in the upcoming months.