The 2024 Republican Primaries have been dominated by the intense competition for second place. While former president Donald Trump has solidified his position as the frontrunner in key primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, the battle to become the alternative choice to Trump has captured the media’s attention. The runner-up in the primaries would likely assume the role of Trump’s replacement if he is unable to secure a spot on the ballot.
Disney’s feud with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has resulted in a significant backlash from the public. The company has faced a 45 percent decline in support from the country following this dispute.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is currently ranked second in Iowa, trailing behind Trump by 30 percent. Despite receiving high-profile endorsements, he is only three percent ahead of former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. However, DeSantis is currently in fourth place in New Hampshire, behind Trump, Haley, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. In the Granite State, his polling numbers have dropped by over 30 points since he announced his candidacy in May, with him currently polling at 7.7 percent.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has encountered financial setbacks in his political campaign due to his ongoing conflict with the Walt Disney Company. As a result, he has lost the support of several billionaire donors. Unfortunately, DeSantis believes that this feud has now led to the loss of another billionaire endorsement.
DeSantis has caused significant harm and Central Florida is taking a stand against it.
Earlier this week, billionaire Charles Koch’s organization, Americans for Prosperity Action, threw its support behind Haley instead of DeSantis. This influential endorsement not only brings millions of dollars to Haley’s campaign, but also provides her with an extensive network of connections and resources. With this backing, Haley has a strong chance of securing a second-place finish in Iowa.
In an attempt to salvage his campaign, DeSantis appeared on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show after facing a series of missteps and the demise of his super PAC. He clarified that the reason for the withdrawal of support from billionaire and business-class donors was his decision to challenge the Walt Disney Company.
DeSantis expressed his opinion by stating, “…”
What it shows is, I have consistently proven that I will do what I think is right, regardless of what donors say. We’ve taken on Disney, we’ve taken on Big Pharma, we took on the sugar industry in Florida when we did our Everglades plan. So, I’ve been able to do that and my view is, let the chips fall where they may, do what you think is right. Don’t twist yourself into a pretzel to try to kowtow to people just for donations. A lot of the folks on Wall Street have policy positions that are just anathema to the American people. You will not win an election in this country nationwide if you’re adopting their platform. I think we’ve seen that with Republicans who’ve tried to do that in the past.
Disney and the Florida governor have been engaged in a dispute for the past two years regarding the company’s handling of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, which has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its opponents. The disagreement has escalated to a Federal Court battle after DeSantis removed Disney World from the Reedy Creek Improvement District and established the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District in its place.
Disney alleges that the government retaliated against it and asserts that DeSantis and the Florida legislature violated its First Amendment Rights. The next hearing between Disney and DeSantis is scheduled for December 12, which is about a month before the Iowa Caucuses.