Haley Brands DeSantis 'Sanctimonious' Over Battle With Disney

 April 28, 2023

Republican presidential candidate and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley took a swing at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis this week.

The jab from Haley was in relation to DeSantis's ongoing battle with Walt Disney Company.

"@Disney, my home state will happily accept your 70,000+ jobs if you want to leave Florida," Haley wrote.

"We’ve got great weather, great people, and it’s always a great day in South Carolina! SC’s not woke, but we’re not sanctimonious about it either," Haley said.

The sanctimonious part of her jab was in regard to former President Donald Trump’s nickname for the Florida governor — "Ron DeSanctimonious."

"Her cheeky remark follows news of Disney escalating the ongoing war with the DeSantis administration, filing a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday in which the supposedly family-friendly company accuses the DeSantis administration of waging a “targeted campaign of government retaliation," reported Breitbart.

"The battle intensified last year after the Florida legislature passed and DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill into law. The law, in part, prevents classroom discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity for children in kindergarten through third grade. At the time, left-wing activists falsely labeled the measure 'Don’t Say Gay,' even though a particular word or phrase is not mentioned nor banned in the actual text of the legislation," reported Breitbart.

Disney said, "Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that."

"We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country," Disney said.

"Florida eventually revoked Disney’s self-governing privileges — the Reedy Creek Improvement District — and now, DeSantis-approved members, known as the Central Florida Tourism Oversight Board, oversee the area," reported Breitbart. "However, the new board quickly ran into trouble after Disney snuck through a 30-year development agreement prior to the power shift, essentially rendering the new board helpless."

Haley's jab comes as DeSantis is overseas on an international trade mission. Speculation about DeSantis's plans to run for president in 2024 continues to grow as no announcement has been made by the DeSantis camp.