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In 'Snow White' reference, WaPo cartoonist depicts Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holding basket of poisoned apples as the bodies of children lay on the ground

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In a reference to the classic story "Snow White," Washington Post political cartoonist Michael de Adder depicted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) holding a basket of poisoned apples as the bodies of three children who apparently ate the tainted fruit lay on the ground — the basket is labeled "don't say gay" and a shirt on one of the children reads, "trans kids."

"I'm protecting Florida's children from you," the DeSantis figure says to Snow White and Mickey Mouse.

"Snow White did not die from eating the apple. She fell into a coma. It was in the movie. So if she didn't die from eating the apple, those kids are not dead. People here have lost their minds," de Adder wrote in a now-deleted post.

When someone asked de Adder why he had deleted the post, the cartoonist replied, "I stand by it."

The morbid cartoon comes as leftists rail against the "Parental Rights in Education" bill that the Sunshine State governor signed last week.

One of the provisions in the measure prohibits teaching students in kindergarten through third grade about sexual orientation and gender identity.

"Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards," the text states.

The Walt Disney Company issued a statement last week declaring that it will push for the legislation to be spiked in court or repealed by the state legislature.

"Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that," Disney's statement declared.

DeSantis said that Disney had gone over the line.

"This state is governed by the interests of the people of the state of Florida. It is not based on the demands of California corporate executives. They do not run this state. They do not control this state," DeSantis declared.

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