David French schooled over disingenuous criticism of FL GOP repealing Disney’s self-governing status

The Republican-led Florida legislature voted Thursday to repeal Walt Disney World’s status as a self-governing entity, the action coming after Disney publicly opposed a parental rights bill recently signed into law that bans classroom instruction of sexual orientation and gender theory for K-3 students.

While it comes as no surprise that the left, to include much of the media, take great exception to the legislation eliminating the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which is what the Disney-controlled government is called, so too did the usual suspects on the right who stake out the moral high ground to criticize more aggressive Republicans, such as Gov. Ron DeSantis, who not only fights back against the progressive onslaught but seems to prefer going on the offensive in today’s cultural wars.

Political commentator David French, who bills himself as a conservative, was one of those out front condemning DeSantis for orchestrating the decision — in the name of free speech.

He tweeted, “I’d say that the right’s about-face on free speech is surprising, but nothing shocks me anymore. I guess it’s still wrong for San Antonio to target Chick-fil-A? But it’s right for DeSantis to target Disney?”

The Reedy Creek Improvement District, a 39-square-mile area, was given to Disney over 50 years ago, the autonomy being “a crucial element in the company’s plans to build near Orlando in the 1960s,” according to Orlando-based WKMG-TV. The special district allows Disney to control construction and development around its parks with almost no government interference. It’s safe to suggest that the company’s competition, beginning with Universal Studios, is not mourning the development.

French, who was once dubbed “the ‘Never Trump’ white knight candidate” by The Washington Post, was either seriously misinformed here or being intentionally deceptive — he personifies the cabal of charlatans quick to exploit conservatives desperately looking for someone, anyone, to take a stand and speak the truth.

Social media users were quick to educate him on the differences at play between Disney and Chick-fil-A, as seen here:


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