Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr revealed this week that he agrees with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the Sunshine State’s ongoing feud with Disney.
Barr, a traditional Republican who generally disfavors government interference with corporations, nevertheless said he supports DeSantis’ actions to strip Disney of its self-governing authority in Florida. Disney has accused DeSantis in a lawsuit of weaponizing the government “to punish private business” in retaliation for the company’s political views.
“On this one, though, I actually support DeSantis,” Barr said at the CNBC CEO Council Summit in Santa Barbara, California. “For me, what is important here is that Disney was getting special privileges,” the two-time attorney general said, adding that he thinks Disney should be “treated like everyone else.”
Those comments echo DeSantis himself, who has downplayed Disney’s free speech lawsuit against Florida as meritless. “They’re upset because they’re having to live by the same rules as everybody else. They don’t want to pay the …