Asa Hutchinson slams DeSantis for Disney’s ‘punitive approach’

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson says Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was wrong to pass legislation ending the self-governing status the state government granted the Walt Disney Company in the 1960s because he did so to punish the company for criticizing a controversial Florida law.

Mr Hutchinson, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, also criticized the company for its handling of the recently passed law that allegedly bans classroom discussions of sexual orientation in the early elementary grades.

But he said Mr. DeSantis, who many polls show is a frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination if former President Donald Trump chooses not to pursue a nonconsecutive second term, said he didn’t think the government should punish private companies because officials might disagree with them.

“To me, it’s the old Republican principle to have a small government,” he said. “It’s a fair debate about these special tax privileges. I understand this debate. But let’s not go after companies and punish them for not agreeing with what they said.”

Asked if Mr DeSantis had ‘overstepped’ by pushing the new law through the Florida legislature, Mr Hutchinson replied: ‘Well, I disagree with that – I don’t. agree with a punitive approach to business”.

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