MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has never been shy about expressing what’s on his mind, and right now, it seems, his thoughts are centered on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a man Lindell claims is a “Trojan Horse.”
Speaking to reporters at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Lindell, a diehard supporter of former President Donald Trump, launched into a tirade against DeSantis from the conference floor.
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“Now I’ll tell you what Ron DeSantis — and he’s got money behind him — did he do anything for Disney?” Lindell asked. “Remember that was the big thing, you’re gonna go after Disney.”
“He did nothing,” Lindell stated. “They got everything they wanted, everything — look it up!”
“The media is covering up for Ron DeSantis,” the controversial businessman stated. “He is a Trojan Horse, he is the Trojan Horse.”
“Do not believe anything you’re reading by the media about ‘Ron DeSantis,'” Lindell warned, drawing giant air quotes around the governor’s name with his fingers.
As BizPac Review reported, DeSantis recently dealt Disney a blow when he signed a bill that renamed Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District and stripped the entertainment giant of its self-governing status in the Sunshine State.
DeSantis now has the power to appoint a five-member board to oversee the services the Disney district provides.
At the signing ceremony in Lake Buena Vista, the governor declared, “There’s a new sheriff in town, and accountability will be the order of the day.”
DeSantis explains Disney’s new ‘accountability’ now that it has to abide by same laws as everyone else https://t.co/SmdM5pLyg1 pic.twitter.com/njQRPbUrCN
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 1, 2023
“[I]f you remember last year, [Disney] came out very strong against a piece of legislation to protect parents’ rights, and to protect young children from having sexualized curriculum in things like elementary school and then they had executives talking about, it was their intent to jam some of this sexualized programming in the Disney cartoons and programming for young kids,” DeSantis told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson following the signing. “So then we’re in a situation where they’re taking those positions as a company which are antithetical to our values.”
By continuing to grant Disney the right to govern itself, Florida “was subsidizing that type of activism,” he explained. “That could no longer stand.”
“And so now, today in the State of Florida, for the first time, since 1967, Disney no longer has its own government,” DeSantis stated. “They are going to have to abide by the same laws as everybody else. They’re going to finally pay their fair share of taxes and pay all the debts that they’ve racked up over these decades.”
That hardly sounds like “nothing.”
Though DeSantis has not yet declared his candidacy for president, it is all but a foregone conclusion for many that Trump will have to battle the governor for the GOP nomination.
During his rant, Lindell claimed Trump is currently leading DeSantis in the polls “by over 40 percent.”
While it is unclear which poll Lindell was citing, the candidate who is receiving the most support at this stage of the political game definitely depends upon which poll you are reading.
On Feb. 16, a Quinnipiac poll did give Trump the edge.
“Given a list of 14 names of Republicans who either have said they are running for president in 2024 or are seen as potential candidates in a Republican primary, former President Donald Trump receives 42 percent of the vote among Republican and Republican leaning voters followed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who receives 36 percent, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll,” the survey found.
But on Feb. 23, Politico reported on a national poll from WPA Intelligence that “put DeSantis ahead of Trump, 40 percent to 31 percent, even when a long line of other Republicans such as former vice president Mike Pence were included.”
“That lead for the GOP governor jumps dramatically to 55 percent to 37 percent in a direct DeSantis-Trump matchup,” the outlet stated.
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