Colorado Gov slams DeSantis for ‘socialist attacks on private sector’, offers Mickey asylum in bid for ‘Mountain Disney’

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis is offering his state as an asylum for Mickey and Minnie Mouse, which he apparently believes are sentient beings whose rights have been violated by the Florida State Legislature and Governor Ron DeSantis after the Disney Company’s privilege of self-governance was stripped away in a 68-38 vote.

All that remains is for DeSantis to sign the legislation.

Nevertheless, the culture war must rage on, and Polis insists on sticking his hand into beeswax not his as he launches Twitter salvos at the governor of a state not his own.

“Florida’s authoritarian socialist attacks on the private sector are driving businesses away,” Polis tweeted, along with a video of DeSantis vowing to “hold the Twitter board of directors accountable” for blocking Elon Musk’s multi-billion dollar offer to buy the social media giant, the Daily Mail reported.

“In CO, we don’t meddle in affairs of companies like @Disney or @Twitter,” Polis tweeted on Tuesday. “Hey @Disney we’re ready for Mountain Disneyland and @Twitter we’re ready for Twitter HQ2, whoever your owners are.”

‘We will grant Mickey and Minnie full asylum in Colorado,” he later posted.

According to their website, the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement District “is a progressive form of government” that “encompasses approximately 25,000 acres in both Orange and Osceola counties, servicing 19 landowners, including Walt Disney Co.” On Thursday, the Florida House voted to dissolve the protections and privileges the district once enjoyed in yet another poetic example of the modern cautionary axiom “Go woke, go broke.”

“…when government starts threatening private companies with retribution based on their free speech, that takes us down the road towards authoritarianism,” Polis told Fox News Digital in a phone interview.

“I think it’s important that we can create a culture that goes against this kind of cancel culture that we’re seeing,” Polis said. “And just because a company has a viewpoint you don’t like doesn’t mean that that company should be penalized by politicians, right?”

“Consumers, absolutely,” the Colorado governor continued. “You can choose not to go to Disneyland. You can choose to buy or not buy whatever product you want. But where it becomes inappropriate is where government leaders say we’re specifically running laws that penalize your company because we don’t like the way you’ve exercised your free speech.”

DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw sought to refute Polis’s assertion and invited the governor to “educate” himself on authoritarianism and socialism and refrain from using such terminology to “weaponize baseless allegations.”

“It would be prudent for all politicians to educate themselves on the definition of socialism before weaponizing such baseless allegations,” Pushaw wrote in a statement to Fox News. “Socialism IS: an authoritarian system where the state controls the means of production and the entire economy.”

She continued, “Socialism is NOT: [p]assing legislation to create a more even playing field for all businesses [or] [s]elling shares of a corporation due to evidence that corporation is not acting in shareholders’ best interests and therefore creates unnecessary risks to investors.”

As for Twitter, DeSantis explained that the Florida Pension Fund owns stock in the social media company, therefore the state has a vested interest in a public company that may or may not be doing right by its shareholders.

“[Twitter] hasn’t exactly been great and returns on investment. It’s been pretty stagnant for many, many years,” DeSantis said on Tuesday, adding “I mean, to me, I think that that’s probably an injury to the fund. So we’re gonna be looking at ways that the state of Florida potentially can be holding these Twitter board of directors accountable for breaching their fiduciary duties.”

Polis told the outlet “…no person or company should be singled out because of their ideology or belief and specifically targeted by a bill that’s really anti-business.”

Pushaw wrote in response, “The special district associated with Disney has existed for decades, since before Governor DeSantis was born. Special districts could in some instances show favoritism.”

She continued, asking, “Should a corporation be serving as a regulator and a business at the same time? Should a corporation get to avoid standard environmental permitting processes? Should a corporation engage in eminent domain? Other businesses don’t get these privileges.”

Gov. DeSantis previously expressed support for the legislation, vowing at a fundraiser on Wednesday: “Disney and other woke corporations won’t get away with peddling their unchecked pressure campaigns any longer.”

“If we want to keep the Democrat machine and their corporate lapdogs accountable, we have to stand together now,” he declared.

Once signed – as it most certainly will be – the legislation will go into effect on June 1, 2023.

The posturing from Polis and his defense of the sinking ship of leftism that has become Disney come as no surprise. He is, after all, the governor who recently signed into Colorado law a bill that allows for abortions up to birth and seemingly has zero restrictions in its language.

Meghan McCain summed up that news rather accurately.


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