On Wednesday, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) made an offer for the mega-corporation Disney to move to her home state, as the entertainment giant continues battling the GOP-dominated state of Florida.
Daily Caller reports that Haley, a former Ambassador to the United Nations who is currently running for President in 2024, said in a Fox News interview that “if Disney would like to move their hundreds of thousands of jobs to South Carolina, and bring the billions of dollars with them, I’ll let them know I’ll be happy to meet them in South Carolina and introduce them to the governor and the Legislature that would welcome it.”
“As governor I took a double-digit unemployment state and I turned it into an economic powerhouse,” Haley added. “Businesses were my partners, because if you take care of your businesses, you take care of your economy, your economy takes care of the people, and everyone wins.”
Disney is currently locked in a political and legal battle with the state of Florida, as Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) continues his efforts to crack down on the company using political power, in what has widely been perceived as a political stunt to boost his profile ahead of a possible 2024 bid himself.
Disney has filed a lawsuit against DeSantis, claiming that his administration has been advancing a “targeted campaign of government retaliation,” which includes a bill last year that attempted to eliminate the autonomy of the company’s “Disney World” amusement park in Orlando.
Haley continued her remarks on Twitter, saying that her home state is not “woke” or “sanctimonious,” with the latter being a direct reference to “Ron DeSanctimonious,” President Donald Trump’s nickname for the governor of Florida.
In response to Haley’s tweet, the pro-DeSantis PAC Never Back Down posted their own tweet saying “Embracing woke corporations and copying Trump’s lame attack at the same time? Someone’s trying really hard to audition for VP!”
Although DeSantis has not yet officially announced a campaign for president, polls overwhelmingly show him trailing behind former President Trump, who is still the frontrunner by a wide margin, as his popularity with the Republican base remains at an all-time high.