Biden criticizes ‘ugly’ Republicans for targeting Disney

Biden criticizes ‘ugly’ Republicans for targeting Disney

President Joe Biden criticized ‘ugly’ Republicans for targeting Disney and said the GOP has been taken over by the ‘far right’ in his speeches at two Democratic fundraisers on the West Coast on Thursday.

‘This is not your father’s Republican Party,’ Biden said Thursday afternoon at a high-dollar fundraiser at the Portland Yacht Club, co-hosted by The New Republic’s owner and editor Win McCormack and his political consultant wife, Carol Butler. ‘This is the MAGA party.’

The president said the Republican Party is ‘not even conservative in the traditional sense of conservatism’ and took aim at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ war with Disney over their opposition to the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill on teaching sex and gender in schools.

‘I mean it’s ugly. I mean, look at what’s happening now in Florida. Christ, they’re going after Mickey Mouse,’ Biden said.

He made similar pro-Disney remarks at his second fundraiser in Seattle, Washington, headlining an affair at the lakefront home of Mary Snapp and Spencer Frazer hosted by Microsoft’s President and Vice Chair Brad Smith and his wife Kathy Surace-Smith.

There’s nothing conservative about throwing Disney out of its current posture… over saying gay?’ the president mused to the Seattle crowd.

Earlier Thursday, Florida Republicans started the process of dissolving Disney’s special status that allowed Walt Disney World to act as its own government in a move that lead to a huge tax increase for Floridians.

Disney publicly criticized the Parental Rights Bill and enraged DeSantis for weighing into politics.

Biden’s trip out west marked the first time he traveled to raise campaign dollars since becoming president.

The two fundraisers benefited the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, the Democratic National Committee’s political action committee, in advance of the 2022 November midterm races.

Both polls and historical precedent suggest that Democrats could be in for a beating this fall and lose control of their narrow majorities in the House and Senate.

But in Portland Biden pushed that winning was simply a matter of letting people know where the Democrats versus Republicans stand – and believed Democrats could pick up two Senate seats.

‘We’ve done a hell of a job,’ he boasted at the Portland Yacht Club.

But ‘because things have moved so rapidly, so profoundly’ the American people ‘don’t know a lot about what we’ve already done.’

He cited some statistics like the creation of 7.9 million jobs, including 430,000 manufacturing jobs, a shrinking unemployment rate and deficit reduction.

‘Mickey and Minnie have full asylum in Colorado’: Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tells Disney to ditch the Sunshine State

The culture war over Disney reached new heights Thursday, as Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Florida Gov. Ron De Santis traded barbs over the company’s future in the Sunshine State.

Earlier this week, Polis voiced disagreement over DeSantis’ support for legislation that would strip Disney of its special status as a self-governing area, which was ultimately passed Thursday by the Florida House.

Polis then accused DeSantis of using socialist tactics to control the private sector, and invited Disney to ditch the Sunshine State and move to Colorado.

The culture war over Disney reached new heights Thursday, as Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (above) and Florida Gov. Ron De Santis traded barbs over the company's future in the Sunshine State

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The culture war over Disney reached new heights Thursday, as Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (above) and Florida Gov. Ron De Santis traded barbs over the company’s future in the Sunshine State

‘Florida’s authoritarian socialist attacks on the private sector are driving businesses away,’ Polis tweeted, along with a video of DeSantis threatening to ‘hold the Twitter board of directors accountable’ for blocking an acquisition by Elon Musk.

‘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,’ the Democrat later wrote.

Polis doubled down on his remarks on Thursday, after the Florida House voted 68-38 to end the Reedy Creek Improvement District, meaning Disney will no longer be able to operate as a self-contained government.

‘We can’t afford to lose the House, we can’t afford to lose the Senate,’ he warned attendees in Seattle, including Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.

But the president admitted there was economic anxiety due to higher-than-normal gas prices and inflation that could hurt Democrats on the ballot.

‘People are angry and don’t quite know what to do,’ Biden said.

In Portland, he tore into a plan pushed by Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott – who’s in charge of the National Republican Senatorial Committee this cycle – that sunsets all federal laws after five years.

Democrats, including Biden at the fundraiser, have jumped on that to suggest it means the end of Social Security and Medicare.

‘If you want a copy of it, I’ll send it to you,’ the president told attendees of Scott’s 11-point agenda. ‘That’s what they’re running on.’

Biden recalled how Democrats successfully won back the House of Representatives in 2018, telling the crowd he went into 56 districts – and Democrats won 46.

‘We won all those seats back in 2018 because they kept for 500 times trying to do away with Obamacare,’ he said. ‘But what people didn’t know – and the point I’m about to get to, they don’t know a lot about what we’ve already done.’

‘We said do you know why, if you have a pre-existing condition, you can’t be denied insurance? Because of Obamacare. Nobody knew it. We won all of those races,’ he continued.

He then said he was ‘worried’ going into the midterms, that the American people didn’t know what he’d done.

The Portland fundraiser was originally supposed to take place at the home of McCormack and Butler, but the alt-weekly Willamette Week reported that it was moved due to popular demand.

Biden was introduced by Columbia Sportwear’s Joe Boyle.

He opened by telling the Democratic donors he was there to thank them and closed by promising to get out more ‘and mak[e] the case for what we’ve done.’

Earlier, he delivered an infrastructure-related speech at the Portland International Airport, touting the bipartisan bill he signed into law last year.

On Wednesday night, the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond – speaking at an event hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association and the Bipartisan Policy Center – suggested that at some point the president would make a ‘pivot’ and care more about the midterms.

‘I think that at some point you’ve got to make that pivot, but right now this is a president who cares more about other people than 1. his political future and 2. getting credit,’ Richmond told the crowd.

‘We all recognize that at some point we’ll take a deep breath from all those things were trying to do at once and tell the American people what we’ve been focused on doing and how we’ve achieved that,’ he continued. ‘And I think we’ve got some really great stories to tell.’

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