“After the special session, no more will Disney World operate as its own independent country within the state of Florida. Yes, that’s how they were governed, by themselves. And now, going forward, Disney is going to have to pay its taxes — just like everybody else,” he says.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) move to strip Disney of its self-governing tax-exempt status will cost the entertainment corporation – and the Democrats they lobbied – a ton of money, according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Carlson began his Friday monologue of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” by providing background information about how the left was systematically inserting their LGBT indoctrination agenda into schools across the country before one state – Florida – decided to do something about it.
“In the end, only one state really did anything about this. That would be the state of Florida under Ron DeSantis. Several weeks ago, the Florida Legislature passed a law banning teachers from bragging about their own sex lives to small children,” Carlson observed.
“Now, news reporters went crazy. They described this legislation as the ‘Don’t Say Gay Bill,’ but as always, that was a lie. This bill didn’t even mention the word ‘gay.’ It had nothing to do with gays. Florida voters seem to know that intuitively. Even most Democrats in Florida supported this law.”
But despite the overwhelming public opinion supporting this anti-indoctrination law, Carlson said, former Disney CEO Bob Iger and Disney’s current CEO Bob Chapek came out vehemently against it under intense pressure from the left.
“Going forward, not only did the Disney Corporation fervently disagree with the law the Florida Legislature had passed, according to Bob Chapek, Disney had decided to override the expressed will of Florida’s voters and overturn that law,” Carlson said before quoting Chapek.
“‘Our goal as a company,’ said Bob Chapek, ‘is for this law to be repealed by the Legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.’ Whoa! What? And you thought it was an entertainment company, but no!”
“From its headquarters in Los Angeles, the Disney Corporation had now decided it runs the state of Florida. So, for people who want to defend democracy, which is a system in which voters get to govern themselves, this was quite a departure,” Carlson continued. “This is oligarchy, corporate CEOs deciding what the laws should be. Yeah. That’s their new position.”
That’s when Gov. DeSantis stepped in, signing into law a bill stripping Disney of its special self-governing status that the company enjoyed for half a century.
“So, during a special session of the Florida Legislature this week, DeSantis led an effort to strip Disney of what turned out to be a remarkable set of special perks that company had enjoyed for more than 50 years,” Carlson noted. “You are not treated like Disney is treated in Florida. You have never been treated that well. After the special session, no more will Disney World operate as its own independent country within the state of Florida. Yes, that’s how they were governed, by themselves. And now, going forward, Disney is going to have to pay its taxes. Oh, wow, just like everybody else.”
But why are Democrats, the party of taxing big corporations, suddenly against do that to Disney? Carlson pointed out that it was because Disney has them all in its pockets.
“What’s going on here? Well, a lot of things. Here’s one: Disney spends millions of dollars electing lawmakers in the state of Florida, but those lawmakers couldn’t do their job in this case,” Carlson said. “They couldn’t act on Disney’s behalf. The law passed and DeSantis signed it into law this afternoon, and that’s going to cost the Disney Corporation a ton of money, which in turn may mean less money for the Florida Democrats who were shrieking.”
“So, there were some self-interest involved here, but it wasn’t just that because it wasn’t just Democratic officeholders who were upset by the idea that an elected governor might be more powerful than an unelected corporation headquartered across the continent,” he added, before ending the segment with a compilation of media personalities shrieking over DeSantis holding Disney accountable.
Watch DeSantis’ interview with Tucker explaining the bill he signed: