GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley recently appeared to pander to Disney, offering the company an open invitation to relocate its Disney World Resort to South Carolina. This move seemed to be an attempt to spite Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been involved in a dispute with the entertainment giant.
Disney filed a federal lawsuit against DeSantis and Florida, alleging “government retaliation” following the company’s vocal opposition to the state’s Parental Rights in Education Act (HB 1557). This law prevents schools from exposing young children to radical leftist LGBTQ+ and transgender political agendas. Despite Disney’s objections, the bill was signed into law by DeSantis last year.
In response to Disney’s political efforts, the Florida legislature began rolling back special tax breaks and the company’s self-governing status that has been in place for over 50 years. Disney has tried to reverse these decisions but has been unsuccessful so far.
During a recent Fox News appearance, Haley responded to Disney’s lawsuit and extended an invitation for the company to move to South Carolina. However, her comments have been met with criticism, as some see this as an attempt to undermine DeSantis, a fellow Republican.
Many have blasted Haley for her remarks, accusing her of siding with “woke” Disney just to take a swipe at a political rival. Some even suggest that her move is an audition for a potential VP role alongside Trump.
However, Haley seems to be ignoring the fact that DeSantis is popular among GOP voters for his strong stance against Disney. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 44% of Republican respondents had a more positive view of the governor due to his conflict with the company.
Ultimately, Nikki Haley’s strategy to outshine DeSantis in the run-up to the 2024 election appears misguided. Her attempt to capitalize on the dispute between DeSantis and Disney might not resonate well with conservative voters, who appreciate the Florida governor’s firm stance on protecting parental rights and challenging corporate influence.