The Walt Disney Company and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have been at odds ever since the entertainment giant opposed a bill prohibiting teachers from talking to young children about gender and sexuality.
This week saw DeSantis declare victory over Disney, telling Newsmax in an interview this weekend that "the party is over for them."
"The big issue with Disney was they exercised a lot of political influence in this town," DeSantis explained to the conservative outlet.
"And they tried to fight us on things like parents' rights and things that are really important to the people of Florida," he recalled.
"We beat them on that," DeSantis boasted, adding, "We signed a parents’ rights bill and we’ve expanded protections and we’ve done a lot of stuff to go back and fight woke ideology."
"Since our skirmish last year, Disney has not been involved in any of those issues,” the Republican governor pointed out.
"They have not made a peep. That ultimately is the most important – that Disney is not allowed to pervert the system to the detriment of Floridians. So that’s a win for the people of Florida," he stressed.
DeSantis highlighted how he signed a bill which ended Disney's special tax privileges along with its self-governing status in what was known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District.
"But at the end of the day, they just have to understand the party is over for them," said DeSantis. "OK, they had 60 years years of privileges that no other corporation in America has had."
Fox News reported last month that while Disney is fighting the changes, DeSantis has remained defiant and suggested more legislation could follow.
"Their cheerleaders in the media thought that Disney ‘outsmarted’ the state, but the new control board uncovered their sloppy scheme, and the agreements will be nullified by new legislation that I intend to execute," Fox News quoted DeSantis as saying at a news conference.
"Disney will operate on a level playing field with every other business in Florida. I look forward to the additional actions that the state control board will implement in the upcoming days," DeSantis continued.
Later, the governor jokingly said that he might look at opening up a new state prison right next to Disney World.