(RepublicanDaily.org) – Former President Donald Trump won Florida’s endorsement over the Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, in what Forbes described a “political embarrassment” for the governor. The endorsement of one of his allies was called a “Florida defection,” by The Guardian. An Axios poll published on April 19 showed that Donald Trump had 45 endorsements, while, at the time of the poll, DeSantis only had three.
At the time of this report, the Florida Governor had not yet formally announced his campaign for the Republican nomination in the 2024 Presidential Election cycle, however, he is anticipated to make a formal announcement in either May or June.
DeSantis has been under intense scrutiny from the Trump Campaign, as well as fellow Republicans. Republicans have called him out over his feud with the Walt Disney Corporation over the company’s board of directors and their autonomy in the Reedy Creek Improvement District, Orlando, Florida.
Following Disney’s criticism of the so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” which refers to legislation that DeSantis introduced to limit sexual orientation and gender identity studies in school, DeSantis sought to strip the Disney company’s board of its executive powers in the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the Associated Press explained. As an alternative, DeSantis appointed a handpicked Florida government board to oversee the area.
However, the Disney company entered into a developmental contract in the area that effectively stripped the newly appointed board of its power. The developmental contract ensured that none of Disney’s property could be used without its permission, which effectively gave the Florida government board little to no power in the area. The development contract was made “in perpetuity” under the “royal lives clause” which is a clause in contracts that bases itself on the lives of members of the British royal family. The Disney contract is set to continue until “21 years after the death of the last descendant of King Charles III,” NBC reported in March.
DeSantis has sought to since “void” the Disney contract agreement, The New York Times reported. As DeSantis continues to feud with the Disney company, he has drawn disapproval from rivals for the Republican nomination, including Trump and Former Florida Governor Chris Christie, who said that conservative principles dictate that business and government should be separate and that he “doesn’t think DeSantis” is conservative.
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