Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently took on one of the biggest influencers in his state. Defending a potential law that would prohibit classroom instruction of sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten up to third grade, the Navy lieutenant commander said, “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.”
Later in the day, in an email to supporters, DeSantis said that Disney was “falling for the corporate media’s phony hysteria over the Florida bill that prohibits K-3rd graders from being indoctrinated with transgrenderism and R-rated lessons about sexuality.”
According to WPTV, “The email also criticized Disney for failing to read the bill and said that DeSantis has requested a member of his staff to ‘hand deliver a copy of the seven-page bill to Disney’ on Monday.
The Republican governor is expected to sign the Parental Rights in Education measure, more commonly referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, into law.
DeSantis has been a proponent of parental rights throughout his time in Tallahassee, pushing policy that made it illegal for school districts to mandate masks in schools during the coronavirus pandemic.
DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw confirmed in an email to WPTV on Friday that Disney had requested to speak with the governor, who “did take the call from Mr. Chapek. ‘the governor’s position has not changed,’ Pushaw said.”
Governor DeSantis has become a prime target of Democrats over the last real for taking a stand if individual rights during the pandemic and becoming a leading contender for the 2024 Republican nomination.
In happier news, the governor also announced that after her six month battle with cancer, his wife Casey DeSantis, a former host on The Golf Channel, is now cancer free. “She fights. She’s tough,” DeSantis said. “I mean she’s basically resigned that, you know, better that she has to go through it than others who may not be able to handle it as well. And that’s just, that’s why I love her. She’s an exceptional person.”