Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared on her Twitter account that Florida is not safe for “people of color” nor “LGBTQ+” people under Governor Ron DeSantis.
Clinton also took a moment to call the state “Ultra-MAGA” and attached news clippings about Disney and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that were critical of Florida.
The first headline, “Civil rights groups warn tourists about traveling to Florida,” is in reference to an Associated Press article that cited the NAACP’s declaration that Florida is unsafe for black people.
The NAACP board of directors claimed the advisory is necessary to combat Florida’s “aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.”
“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color,” the advisory stated.
Clinton’s remarks also referenced Disney canceling plans to build a new office complex Florida, which would have created a significant number of jobs.
“It is clear to me that the power of this brand comes from our incredible people, and we are committed to handling this change with care and compassion,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney’s parks, experiences, and products division.
The change in Disney’s plans sparked comment toward DeSantis from critics such as California Governor Gavin Newsom, who said that it “turns out, bigoted policies have consequences. That’s 2,000+ jobs that will be welcomed back with open arms to the Golden State. Thank you for doing the right thing, Disney.”
Clinton has been using her Twitter account to criticize Republican policy ahead of the 2024 election, saying on May 23, 2023, that “Eighty-six percent of transgender and nonbinary young people have said the recent raft of anti-trans bills have negatively affected their mental health.”
Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to announce his candidacy for president alongside Elon Musk on Twitter.
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