Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, bashed Florida's Parental Rights in Education law — despite admitting that he has not seen the legislation himself.
What are the details?
During an interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," host Dana Bash asked Logan about the Florida law. In response, Hogan admitted he was not acquainted with the text of the law, but proceeded to condemn it anyway.
Specifically, Hogan targeted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), implying he is guilty of a double standard. Both Hogan and DeSantis are considered 2024 GOP presidential candidates.
"I didn't really actually see the details of the legislation, but the whole thing seems like just a crazy fight," Hogan began, suggesting he never read the bill.
"It concerns me that DeSantis is always talking about he was not demanding that businesses do things, but he was telling the cruise lines what they had to do. He was telling local schools what— mandating. And now he wants to criticize Disney for expressing how they feel about that bill," the Republican governor continued. "I mean, they have every right to— we have a thing called freedom of speech. They can come out and say what they think."
Regarding the actual bill, Hogan called it "absurd" — and something that is never coming to Maryland.
"I think the bill was kind of absurd and not something that would have happened in our state," Hogan said.
CNN's 'State of the Union' with Dana Bash - April 3, 2022 youtu.be
For what it is worth, the Parental Rights in Education law contains nothing remotely problematic.
Aside from bolstering parents' rights, the bill prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3, topics most Americans believe are the jurisdiction of parents — not the public school system.
Last week, DeSantis floated support for revoking the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which gave Disney self-governance rights over its property in central Florida.
"As a matter of first principle, I don’t support special privileges in law just because a company is powerful and they’ve been able to wield a lot of power," he said, later adding, "I think what has happened is there’s a lot of these special privileges that are not justifiable, but because Disney had held so much sway, they were able to sustain a lot of special treatment over the years."
DeSantis then definitively said he supports revoking "special privileges that are in law," a reference to that 1967 law.
"I would say any special privileges that are in law, I would like to get rid of generally," DeSantis said.
"I think in this particular case with Disney, I just don’t think you have very many people in the legislature any more who are going to be able to defend a lot of what has been done over many, many years to really have them almost govern themselves in some of these things. That was probably never appropriate to start, but is certainly not appropriate now at this point," he added.