Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis namechecked Disney in a conspiratorial rant against “transgenderism” and “woke gender ideology” shared by his communications director on Wednesday.
The video, which has the appearance of a scripted campaign spot, features DeSantis standing his ground against “woke corporations” like Disney in defense of “parents’ rights.” And he makes his position on the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill clear.
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“In the state of Florida, we are not going to allow them to inject transgenderism into kindergarten. First graders shouldn’t have woke gender ideology in their curriculums. And that’s what we’re standing for,” DeSantis said. “And I can tell you this: The chance that I am going to back down from my commitment to students and back down from my commitment to parents’ rights simply because of fraudulent media narratives or pressure from woke corporations, the chances of that are zero.”
— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) March 10, 2022
“Parents don’t want this injected into their kid’s kindergarten classroom. They do not want their first grader to go and be told that they can choose an opposite gender. That is not appropriate for those kids,” he said. “So if you’re family friendly, understand that the parents who are actually raising families want to have their rights respected.”
Then he honed in on Disney and took a hard right into conspiratorial thinking by blaming the Chinese Communist Party.
“And I also think you have companies, like a Disney, that are going to say, and criticize parents’ rights. They’re going to criticize the fact that we don’t want transgenderism in kindergarten or first grade classrooms. If that’s the hill that they are to die on, then how do they possibly explain lining their pockets with their relationship from the Communist Party of China?”
“Because that’s what they do. And they make a fortune, and they don’t say a word about the really brutal practices that you see over there at the hands of the CCP. And so in Florida, our policy’s got to be be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musings of woke corporations.”
DeSantis’ office even put out a version of the video with Spanish subtitles.
El gobernador Ron DeSantis siempre luchará por los derechos de los padres y por proteger a nuestros niños. 👏♥️🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/1AbY4kKrTq
— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) March 11, 2022
The video flew in the face of Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s claim that, “Gov. DeSantis committed to me that he wanted to make sure that this law could not be weaponized in any way by individuals in the state or groups in the state to unduly harm or target gay, lesbian, nonbinary or transgender kids and families.”