Picture it… the President of the United States sits down in the Oval Office. He pulls out his pen and prepares to sign an executive order banning Dole Whip at Disney theme parks.
But the 2016 election of Donald Trump taught America (and the world) that anything can happen.
Today, Ron DeSantis, the current Governor of Florida, has filed paperwork to officially enter his run for the White House in 2024. Many people have speculated if and when the announcement would happen. And the answer is yes, it is happening today (or happened today, depending on when you read this).
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As of May 24, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis officially entered the race for President of the United States.
The Florida governor has spent the past year throwing himself into a pop culture war with Disney. Although neither he nor the Walt Disney Company may benefit from the battle, both have dug their heels in and continued the fight for over a year.
One wonders if Ron DeSantis’ popularity among conservatives would be as strong had he not taken action against “woke” culture in Florida and within Disney.
What Does This Mean for Disney?
Many Disney fans who have had little care about politics as of late have found themselves forced to pick a side between Disney World and the Florida government. Oddly enough, the Walt Disney Company and its CEO, Bob Iger, never seemed interested in getting involved in political or public relations fights in the past. For example, during the 2016 (and 2020 election), there were many opportunities for Disney or its leaders to make political statements and take public stances. However, that didn’t seem to happen–at least not to the level of the DeSantis conflict.
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That being said, Ron DeSantis running for president may be the saving grace Disney needs to get the governor off their back. Ron DeSantis may not have time to go after the Walt Disney Company if he is too busy touring states, attending primary debates, and fighting with former President Donald Trump (and current President Joe Biden).
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However, once the 2024 election is over, Disney may find itself in a worse position. They could be dealing with a sitting U.S. president they’ve previously waged war with or a bitter governor who may blame his failed candidacy on their fight with him.
Bob Iger 2024?
Again, if 2016 taught us anything, it’s that the unpredictable could happen. There have been rumors for years that Disney CEO Bob Iger has political ambitions. Although there hasn’t been much talk of him throwing his hat in the ring for the current presidential race, it is still over a year away. And if Iger shows no interest in 2024, there is also 2028.
Imagine a presidential debate (potentially hosted by ABC) where the two candidates are Ron DeSantis (R) and Bob Iger (D). Wouldn’t that be interesting?Stranger things have happened…
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