President Joe Biden delivered a disjointed discourse on Thursday against Florida Republicans for targeting Disney after the company waded into state politics.
In a fundraiser in Seattle, the president said it is not conservative “about deciding you’re going to throw Disney out of its present posture because, Mickey Mouse?” Biden added, “do you think we should not be able to say, you know, ‘gay’? I mean, what’s going on here?”
At an earlier fundraiser at the Portland Yacht Club, Biden termed Republicans as “ugly” and accused the party of being taken over by the “far right.” All of this coming after the Florida GOP moved to protect children from kindergarten to third grade from being “taught” about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Disney initially refused to weigh in on the bill, but an outcry from employees led the company to publicly criticize GOP lawmakers and apologize to its offended workers. The company also said it is ending political donations in the state after decades of contributions, mostly to Republicans.
On Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill to strip Disney of its self-governing powers. This in response to the company announcing it will support state and national groups who oppose the Parental Rights Bill.
Democrats say the move will saddle the entertainment complex’ two local counties with funding the shortfall, which they claim will raise each homeowner’s property taxes $2,200 annually. This has not been substantiated.
After criticizing the Parental Rights Bill, Biden went on to counter the nearly unanimous predictions that Democrats are in for a bloody midterm election in November. The president said winning takes nothing more than informing people where Democrats stand versus Republicans. He went on to say his party may ADD two Senate seats and told the yacht club gathering that “we’ve done a hell of a job.”
Perhaps the Biden administration is testing the waters for a workable campaign theme for the fall and beyond. But with decades-high inflation, a self-inflicted border crisis and war in Europe, it’s doubtful that “Win one for the Mouse” will resonate with voters.