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GOP Gov. Larry Hogan Attacks Ron DeSantis, Calls Florida’s Parental Rights Bill ‘Absurd’

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Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called Florida’s parental rights in education bill “absurd” on Sunday, saying it would not have passed in his state.

“I haven’t really seen the specifics of the legislation, but it all looks like a crazy fight,” Hogan said. “And now he wants to criticize Disney for expressing what they think about this bill. I mean, they have every right to do that. We have a thing called free speech. They can come out and say what they think.”

Hogan made the statement during an appearance on CNN on Sunday, moments after claiming he was unaware of the specifics of the legislation. Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill in March, prohibiting schools from teaching students about gender identity or sexual orientation between kindergarten and third grade.

CNN host Dana Bash asked Hogan to respond to the ongoing dispute between DeSantis and Disney over the bill. Disney released a statement last week condemning the legislation, and DeSantis threatened to retaliate.

“I think the bill was a bit absurd and not something that would have happened in our state,” Hogan concluded.

DeSantis’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hogan’s criticism.


The media widely misrepresented the bill, calling it a “don’t say gay” bill, a term also used by Democrats to campaign against the bill. The legislation does not ban the term “gay” in Florida classrooms and only prevents teachers from directly instructing young students about sexual orientation and gender identity.

While Florida has faced boycott threats from opponents of the legislation, DeSantis’ office said it is not worried about such an effort.

“Many tourists to Florida have visited us from states with mandates and restrictions, to enjoy the freedoms and sense of normalcy that Florida has become famous for, under the leadership of the government, DeSantis,” said Christina Pushaw, DeSantis publicist. wrote last week. “Business is booming here, too, as the governor has kept our state open and our tax burden remains the lowest in the nation.”


“These are things that everyone can enjoy, regardless of gender or sexual orientation,” she added. “Therefore, we are not concerned about boycotts or other economic damage to Florida as a result of legislation. But even if we were: no amount of money would convince Governor DeSantis to change his position. He will always stand up for parental rights and child protection.”

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