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“Corrosive To Democracy” Former Republican Lawmakers Blast DeSantis’ Feud With Disney

Central Florida finally fighting DeSantis for Disney
Ron DeSantis and Donald Duck. Credit: Disney/ Gage Skidmore, Flickr

Yet another group responsible for protecting and defending the Constitution has come to the defense of the Walt Disney Company in its feud with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Last week, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed court documents arguing that U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor should reject Governor DeSantis’ request to dismiss the First Amendment case brought by Disney.

Ron DeSantis and Mickey Mouse

Credit: Flickr/Disney

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In their Brief, the influential group representing and offering free legal services to reporters around the country argued that should the Walt Disney Company lose this case, it could “embolden” other elected officials to squash the First Amendment Rights of companies and private citizens they disagree with.

Shortly after that Brief was filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, another influential group filed a brief supporting Disney. A group of former Republican Governors, Congresspeople, and other elected officials, filed a brief in Federal Court slamming Florida Gov Ron DeSantis’ actions and the corrosive effect this has had on Florida.

DeSantis Disney law may be unconstitutional

Credit: Disney / Gage Skidmore, Flickr

The ex-elected Republicans filed a “friend of the court” brief, saying Gov DeSantis’ actions were “severely damaging to the political, social, and economic fabric of the State.” They cite the loss of business to the state, including Disney’s canceled Lake Nona project. The Walt Disney Company pulled the plug on the $1 billion project citing the political climate in the state.

According to the Associated Press, the Brief says:

The path the Governor has chosen is corrosive to the form of democracy envisioned by the Constitution, and to re-emphasize this Court’s critical constitutional role in curbing the excesses of governance by retaliation. The fact that Governor DeSantis has taken these anti-democratic actions so blatantly and brazenly — that he is proud of them — only makes them all the more damaging to the political and social fabric of Florida and the country as a whole.

Walt Dreamer Statue

Walt Disney Dreamer Statue. Credit: Disney

Disney has filed suit against Governor DeSantis after he and Florida Lawmakers stripped Disney World of the Reedy Creek Improvement District and replaced it with the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. Disney is alleging government retaliation after Disney spoke out against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, known by its critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

There is no timetable for Disney’s case to be heard in Federal Court.

We will continue to update this story at Disney Fanatic.

About Rick

Rick is an avid Disney fan. He first went to Disney World in 1986 with his parents and has been hooked ever since. Rick is married to another Disney fan and is in the process of turning his two children into fans as well. When he is not creating new Disney adventures, he loves to watch the New York Yankees and hang out with his dog, Buster. In the fall, you will catch him cheering for his beloved NY Giants.

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